first_imgTyson Fury, of England, celebrates after defeating Tom Schwarz, of Germany, during a heavyweight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Tyson Fury put on a show before, during and after his first bout in the fight capital of the world.The British heavyweight star stopped Tom Schwarz with 6 seconds left in the second round Saturday night, packing plenty of entertainment into his brief Las Vegas debut.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The performance by the world’s lineal heavyweight champion against an overmatched foe was just as dominant as expected, but Fury’s shenanigans before and after the bout at the MGM Grand Garden might prove to be even more memorable.After Schwarz ring-walked to the mellow strains of Bob Marley, Fury appeared in red-white-and-blue gear — including a top hat — as he stepped through a cordon of showgirls. With a broad grin, he took the ring to James Brown’s “Living in America,” the entire entrance in homage to Apollo Creed’s famed fictional entrance at the MGM Grand in “Rocky IV.”Unlike Creed, Fury survived and won.And after the bout, Fury showed off his decent singing voice in what’s becoming a post-fight tradition. With the microphone in his boxing glove, Fury serenaded his wife, Paris, with Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”The first fight of the 30-year-old Fury’s lucrative new co-promotional deal with Top Rank was intended to introduce his violent skills and loquacious character to ESPN’s large audience, and he did both — however briefly.ADVERTISEMENT Anthony Davis trade a win-win for both Pelicans and Lakers Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “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, peppering his turtling opponent with big shots. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped it at roughly the same moment Schwarz’s corner threw the white towel into the ring.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.Schwarz was aware that 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.Fury said he plans to fight again on Sept. 21 or Oct. 5, “and next year, we’re going to hold down Deontay Wilder and make him give me that green (WBC championship) belt.”Top Rank boss Bob Arum predicts Fury’s next bout will be Oct. 5 in New York.“There is no heavyweight in the world that can beat him, now that he is in shape,” Arum said. “Deontay Wilder is not going five rounds with him. We will have another fight (on Oct. 5), then we will fight Wilder.”Fury improved to 3-0-1 since returning from a 2 1/2-year ring absence while he battled substance abuse, depression, enormous weight gain and suicidal thoughts. Fury’s life fell apart after he won multiple title belts with his stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but he has put it back together with bigger goals in mind.With a gentler public persona and a commitment to opening dialogue about mental health issues, Fury’s redemption has rekindled the interest of many boxing fans turned off by his past homophobic and sexist statements. Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) made short work of his previously unbeaten German opponent, 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 Schwarz’s corner to throw in the towel before the bell.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 following his comeback last year from a 2 1/2-year ring absence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I came here to enjoy myself and put on a show for Las Vegas,” Fury said. “I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did.”Although Fury already had memorable fights in New York and Los Angeles, the Manchester native wanted something special in Sin City, which he once vowed never to visit before he got a fight here. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Although Fury had to relinquish his titles during his ring absence, he is still the heavyweight division’s lineal champion as the man who beat Klitschko.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers ‘That’s not even a debate’ – Kompany has no interest in summer Man City exit Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 09:28 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Vincent Kompany Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Premier League The Belgian defender must prove his fitness and fend off added competition but remains adamant that he sees his future at the Etihad Stadium Vincent Kompany remains adamant that his future lies at Manchester City amid suggestions he could move on this summer.The long-serving Belgium international has been at the Etihad Stadium since the summer of 2008.He has made well over 300 appearances for City, helping them to two Premier League titles along with FA Cup and League Cup successes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fitness issues have, however, been a problem at times and Pep Guardiola now boasts centre-half alternatives in the form of John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.Kompany, though, is hoping to see out a contract that is due to run until the summer of 2019, with the 31-year-old telling reporters on where he sees himself next season: “That’s not even a debate.“If you’re fit, you have many options and a lot of clubs. If you’re not fit, you don’t have many opportunities and not many clubs.“If I stay fit, I’ll want to play football at City. And if I’m not fit, I won’t have other options.“I don’t know if I could muster the same motivation elsewhere.“It may seem that I’m high maintenance, but I’m a good professional and I work so hard on my return. The longer I’m available, the more chance I’ll get to play more matches.”Kompany has only made 11 appearances this season, with Guardiola carefully managing his workload.The City skipper is, however, ready when required, with regular minutes important to him as he chases down domestic and international goals.Another league title appears to be on the cards, with the Blues still in contention across four competitions, while spots at this summer’s World Cup remain up for grabs.Kompany added on that challenge, with Belgium – who have been placed in the same group as England – expected to go well in Russia: “The opportunity for us is great — but we still have work to do.“In 2014 and 2016, we had a right to failure, because we had a young team. But over the next few years we can’t use that excuse.“We need to be tactically stronger, which will help us physically and technically.”last_img read more