Who is Tom Schwarz? German heavyweight touted to be Tyson Fury’s opponent in next fight

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The relatively unknown 24-year-old has been linked with a big bout

Tyson Fury will reportedly return to the ring on June 15 in Las Vegas against Tom Schwarz.

It’s claimed the ‘Gypsy King’ will face this obscure opponent to gain exposure in America after inking a co-promotional deal with Frank Warren and Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

Many fans are not aware of Tyson Fury’s reported next opponent

Many fans are not aware of Tyson Fury’s reported next opponent

The Top Rank connection will see Fury’s fights broadcast on ESPN from now on and he has opted out of the immediate rematch with Deontay Wilder to take this interim contest.

Scroll down to find out more about the man he will be facing instead.

Who is Tom Schwarz?

Schwarz is a 24-year-old German heavyweight from Magdeburg in Sachsen-Anhalt.

He’s 6ft 5½ins tall and usually weighs in at around 240lbs.

He made his professional debut in 2013 and last fought on March 2, a KO2 win over Kristijan Krstacic.

Tom Schwarz has fought his entire career so far in Germany and the Czech Republic

Tom Schwarz has fought his entire career so far in Germany and the Czech Republic

What is Tom Schwarz’s record and who has he fought?

He is unbeaten at 24-0 (16 KOs).

He is yet to fight anybody near Tyson Fury’s level, but has faced Dereck Chisora’s upcoming opponent Senad Gashi, Dave Allen’s old foe Samir Nebo and former Dillian Whyte victim Ivica Bacurin.

Tom Schwarz is ranked #2 by the WBO, despite having never faced top class opposition

Tom Schwarz is ranked #2 by the WBO, despite having never faced top class opposition

What is Tom Schwarz’s fighting style?

He has a fairly straightforward European style that shouldn’t pose too many problems for an elite mover like Tyson Fury.

His main weapon is the straight right hand and he continually looks to set it up with a pawing jab.

Schwarz, often leaves his chin in the air when he swings and is open to counters.

He’s very susceptible to a looping overhand right as he keeps his own left low.

Tom Schwarz occasionally shows variety in his punches when forced to get in close

Tom Schwarz occasionally shows variety in his punches when forced to get in close

Tom Schwarz vs Senad Gashi: The brawl

In his fight with Senad Gashi, Tom Schwarz was seriously troubled by his shorter opponent, however things soon took a bizarre turn.

Despite seemingly being on top, Gashi headbutted Schwarz three times within six rounds and was quickly disqualified.

After the fight ended, Senad Gashi sparked a brawl by running over and continuing to attack Tom Schwarz. You can watch highlights below.

Tom Schwarz last fight: KO2 over Kristijan Krstacic

In his last fight on March 2, Tom Schwarz comfortably dealt with Kristijan Krstacic.

The contest was over within two rounds as Schwarz knocked Krstacic down three times in the second and he chose not to continue.

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