Tyson Fury put on a show before, during and after his first bout in the fight capital of the world.
The British heavyweight stopped Tom Schwarz with six seconds left in the second round on Saturday night, packing plenty of entertainment into his brief Las Vegas debut.
Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) made short work of the previously unbeaten German, battering him with a jab before knocking him down to a knee in the second round right after Schwarz (24-1) landed a big punch.
Fury pressed ahead after the knockdown and forced referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight and Schwarz’s corner to throw in the towel almost simultaneously.
Fighting for the first time since he dramatically rose from a devastating 12th-round knockdown to secure a draw with Deontay Wilder, Fury confirmed his world-class ability in a frightening message to heavyweight boxing’s elite.
After the bout, Fury showed off his decent singing voice. With the microphone in his boxing glove, Fury serenaded his wife, Paris, with Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
“I came here to have fun and put on a show and I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did,” Fury said post-fight.
Fury added: “What’s next? Well Bob [Arum] will tell you we’ve got either September 21st or October 5th, and then next year we’re going to hunt down Deontay Wilder and make him give me that green belt.”
The first fight of the 30-year-old Fury’s lucrative new co-promotional deal with Top Rank was intended to introduce his violent style and loquacious character to ESPN’s large audience, and he did both — albeit briefly.
“The key tonight was to enjoy myself,” Fury said. “I used the jab. I was slipping and sliding. I caught him with the straight left. It was a good shot. It could put anybody away. I put on an extra 12 pounds, and I could really feel (the power).”
After dominating the first round with his jab, Fury switched to a southpaw stance late in the second round, and Schwarz caught him with a shot. Fury got mad, battering Schwarz with a combination and dropping him to a knee with a huge right hand to the head.
Schwarz got up with a badly bloodied face, and Fury teed off, before it all came to a rather quick end.
The 6-foot-5 Schwarz is highly ranked by the WBO, but he had never fought outside his native Germany or the Czech Republic before Fury’s camp picked him for this showcase bout.
Just two weeks ago, Anthony Joshua was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history. Schwarz never appeared to have a chance of pulling a similar upset — not with the 6-foot-9 Fury towering over him and fighting in crisp form.