Tyson Fury will pocket more than £10m for his Las Vegas debut this weekend – and he insists he won’t make the same mistake as Brit rival Anthony Joshua.
The former world heavyweight champion believes his bumper £80m contract with US promoter Top Rank will ensure he won’t slip up against underdog Tom Schwarz.
Fury, 30, is 50/1 ON with some bookmakers against German at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here in the early hours of Sunday with a rematch with WBC heavyweight Deontay Wilder on the cards for early 2020.
But Fury knows a slip up against the unfancied Schwarz would scupper any hopes of a rerun with Wilder in January.
Just over a week ago, Fury’s compatriot Joshua surrendered his WBA, WBO and IBF titles in the seventh round against underdog Andy Ruiz Jnr at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“When you get paid as much as I am, motivation is easy. Very easy,” the unbeaten Brit said.
“As we saw last week, you can’t overlook anybody.
“This is heavyweight boxing and Tom Schwarz knows if he beats Tyson Fury , then he’s set for life.
“He becomes a multimillionaire, he gets to headline big shows and all his dreams come true.
“But you’re talking to a king. I’ll figure him out within the first five seconds of the fight.”
This is the first bout of Fury’s 30-month deal with US promoter Top Rank and broadcaster ESPN which could be worth around £80m if all goes to plan.
The iconic venue on the Strip is not expected to be a sell out for this weekend but Top Rank are confident they can build Fury’s profile in the States.
And that will make a 2020 rematch with Wilder even more lucrative.
The Las Vegas Strip is covered in huge billboards advertising Saturday’s fight while the host hotel is also plastered with posters.
They are keen to lure in tourists in Sin City this weekend as they look to grow Fury’s fan base in America.
“For the first Wilder fight, they just saw Fury as the opponent,” said Top Rank chief and legendary promoter Bob Arum.
“They didn’t see him as the attraction. Our goal is to make him the attraction.
“If you ask me about left hooks and right crosses then other people know more than I do, but I’m talking about something completely different when it comes to promoting.
“I feel he can make a connection with the American people.”
Arum insists lessons have been learned from the Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao situation when it comes to making big fights now.
Mayweather and Pacquiao met in May 2015 but many felt the fight happened five years too late despite generating £350m to go down as the richest boxing event in history.
“Everybody learned from Mayweather against Pacquiao that if we weren’t such idiots keeping that fight from happening for five years for one reason or another we would have had three of those fights,” added Arum.
“And we would have made three times the money.”
Schwarz, who is unbeaten in 24 fights, is seeking inspiration from compatriot Max Schmeling.
The German shocked boxing when he knocked American Joe Louis out in the 12th round at Yankee Stadium in New York back in 1936, a fight that was clouded in political tension at the time.
“Schmeling saw something in Joe Louis and shocked the world by knocking him out,” said Schwarz.
“Eighty three years on its time for a German to do it again.”
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