Francis Ngannou, the Former UFC heavyweight champion, was denied a shock victory over WBC boxing champion, Tyson Fury in a non-title bout in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, 28th of October, 2023.
Tyson Fury was forced to get up off the canvas as he claimed an incredibly controversial split decision victory over former UFC champion Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou took Fury the distance and put his opponent on the canvas in round three after connecting with a left hook.
Tyson Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, was able to recover but ended the f#ght with a c¥t forehead, as well as a small mark underneath his left eye.
Fury was adjudged the winner with a contentious split-decision. Despite being knocked down in the third round, the British boxer took the result 96-93 and 95-94 on two of the judges’ cards. The other judge had it 95-94 for Ngannou.
“That definitely wasn’t in the script,” Fury said immediately afterwards. “Francis is a h£ll of a f#ghter, strong, a big p¥ncher and a lot better boxer than we all thought he would ever be.”
Fury is unbeaten as a professional, while Ngannou was f#ghting as a professional for the first time. Ngannou controlled most of the 10 rounds, only for Fury to be awarded the narrow and controversial split-decision win.
Here is what Francis Ngannou had to say after his impressive performance, “My training camp was only three and a half months and I came into this with an inj¥ry. But I don’t want to give excuses. I will look at what I can do next to improve my game to come back even better. I’m getting ready to come here and take over.”
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