Ngannou Deprived Of A Historic Victory As Fury Claims Controversial Split Decision Win
Ngannou looked like a man on a mission, as the former UFC heavyweight champion of the world arrived into the ring on a throne, as he was accompanied by Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya.
And the MMA fighter lived up to that grand entrance with a very-assured start. The opening round saw Ngannou stay behind his jab in order to avoid taking too many risks early on.
However, the following round demonstrated the power that the UFC fighter possessed. Ngannou caught Fury with a clean shot via his left hook, which resulted in the Gypsy King suffering a cut above the eye.
Ngannou Drops Fury
That warning was ultimately ignored as Ngannou landed another left hook, this time to send Fury to the floor in the third. The WBC heavyweight got back up, but it was clear that the boxer was struggling to figure Ngannou out.
FRANCIS NGANNOU KNOCKDOWN TYSON FURY IN ROUND 3‼️🥊🤯 pic.twitter.com/odMkoJ17Qa
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In the aftermath, Ngannou began to slow down as Fury used his jab to get back into the bout. But in reality, the Cameroonian landed the more telling shots in a decision that divided the boxing community. The judges scored the fight as follows: 94-95, 96-93, 95-94.
Fury may have come out with a win, but the performance will have to be a lot better in order to take on Oleksandr Usyk. Meanwhile, Ngannou’s performance showed the potential that the fighter had at his disposal.
“That definitely wasn’t in the script. I got caught round the back of the head [for the knockdown]. I wasn’t hurt. I got up and got back to my boxing. He’s an awkward man and a good puncher and I respect him a lot. He’s given me one of my toughest fights of the last 10 years,” Fury
“My training camp was only three and a half months and I came into this with an injury. 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. Now I know I can do this, get ready. The wolf is in the house,” Ngannou
Tyson Fury def. Francis Ngannou via a split decision: 94-95, 96-93, 95-94
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