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Elliot Worsell explains why Fury-Schwarz is suddenly a lot more appealing in the wake of Andy Ruiz Jnr’s victory over Anthony Joshua
HAPPY NOW: It seems unlikely that Fury’s expression will be much diferent to this after ighting Schwarz

GERMANY’S Tom Schwarz shares little in common with Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr aside from the fact he punches heavyweights in the head for a living and has been labelled everything from ‘underdog’ and ‘fall guy’ to ‘tune-up’ and ‘sacrificial lamb’ ahead of his next fight.

Historically, these terms are used to suggest a mismatch is about to take place. Nowadays, however, thanks to Ruiz’s exploits on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, they resonate, they unsettle, and they excite. Because, let’s face it, underdogs are cool again. They’re dangerous again. They’re respected again.

By upsetting WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Ruiz has redefined what it means to be an underdog in 2019 and given hope to Tom Schwarz and every other opponent operating out of an away corner.

For they know as well as he knows it wasn’t just luck. It wasn’t a win produced by a single Hail Mary punch. Instead, Ruiz set the traps and groundwork early. He punished Joshua’s chiselled torso with jabs and right crosses, then showed no aversion to staying in the pocket and exchanging with Joshua when so many previous challengers looked to cower and take cover. He achieved all of this at a hefty 268lbs, having been described as looking like a “competition winner” during fight week, and to a soundtrack of laughter and chants of “You fat b*****d!”

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