Ngannou Won’t Appeal The Fury Loss, Wants Fury To Rematch Him Over Usyk

November 15, 2023
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In the latest boxing news, Francis Ngannou has no intention of appealing his loss to Tyson Fury following his boxing debut.

The former UFC heavyweight champion put in a remarkable performance to last the distance with the WBC heavyweight champion and troubled him in the process.

Ngannou’s left hook continued to do some major damage after having cut Fury above the eye in the second round and then dropping the Gypsy King with a left hook in the third.

Despite that being the case, Ngannou suffered a split-deciton loss on the cards. In the aftermath, those connected in the boxing community were clear that Ngannou had been unfairly deprived of a win.

Carl Froch was clear that the decision was corruption at the ‘highest level.’ That has naturally raised question marks over whether the MMA fighter will appeal. However, Ngannou has dismissed that possibility.

Ngannou’s On Appealing

“Who am I gonna appeal to? [The British Boxing Commission]? I have no chance. I think that’s just another way of humiliation,” Ngannou said

In response, Ngannou’s aim was to secure a rematch with Fury later down the line. The narrative has been built to see it happen, as well as talks over other fights with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

But in order for that to come about, Ngannou has called on Fury to avoid Oleksandr Usyk and face him instead. That would not prove to be a popular move since Fury has been accused of ducking the Ukrainian. And with their fight unlikely to happen until 2024, facing Ngannou would push things back even further.

Ngannou On A Fury Rematch

“My best scenario in boxing is to wait for Fury. If Usyk can step out and let me fight Fury, I’ll fight Fury. Then I’ll let them do whatever they do. I’ll go back, maybe do some MMA fight and come back and take some people in boxing. I’m planning to fight potentially twice next year, maybe February or March,” Ngannou stated

In the event that this does not happen, Ngannou will likely make his MMA debut in the PFL. The fighter’s deal had given him the chance to box in 2023, which has now occurred.

Therefore, a natural return to MMA would make sense given Ngannou’s desire to compete under the skillset once again. So moving forward, a bout with March could follow.

“If it doesn’t work, I can still fight February or March in MMA. Then expecting by the end of the year, this time October because it’s going to give me at least seven to eight months to recover from my MMA fight in case something happens,” Ngannou

In reality, Ngannou’s stock has risen massively given the response to his boxing debut. And it is ultimately a case of where the MMA fighter sees his future.

Although having boxing bouts and MMA fights seem desirable, in reality, Ngannou will have to commit to one fully if he is to reach the pinnacle. And there is not getting away from that.

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