Ngannou’s Trainer Accuses Fury Of Intentionally Elbowing His Fighter
In today’s boxing news, Francis Ngannou’s trainer, Dewey Cooper, has accused Tyson Fury of elbowing his fighter on purpose during their boxing bout on October 28th, 2023.
The Gypsy King struggled to work out Ngannou, who was making his boxing debut, as the former UFC heavyweight champion dropped the WBC heavyweight champion in the third round.
And that frustration appeared to result in Fury using questionable tactics. Prior to the fight, Ngannou had suggested that Fury had cheated when it came to the glove controversy during his fight with Deontay Wilder.
“He’s very tricky with his gloves. I think he’s cheating. When he fought Deontay Wilder, he complained about that. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about his gloves, that his gloves have no protection. It might not be, but we have to check that. You don’t tell me about this commission, ‘Oh, the gloves get to be checked.
“If you want us to fight bare hands, bare-knuckle, let’s go bare-knuckle. But don’t give me 10-ounce gloves and wear 8-ounce or 6-ounce gloves because he has no protection. No…I think we have nothing to lose by double-checking, because it’s been more than once that people talk about his gloves, and even his opponents,” Ngannou stated
Wilder had suggested that the Gypsy King’s gloves were loaded. While there was no evidence in that regard, Fury’s elbow on Ngannou was clear to see.
“One hundred percent [Fury’s elbow was intentional]. That shows the frustration. When things aren’t going as easy or as cool as you thought, these type of things happen. It was a mark of frustration. I’m disappointed the referee didn’t even say anything or penalize him for it because that really made a difference in the fight. I still had Francis winning two, three, four, eight, 10. Seven was close. You penalize him with the elbow, we win that round too. I had him winning five to six rounds, and with the knockdown we got it. So, it should’ve been 96-94, or 95-94 for us,” Cooper said
In the aftermath of the fight, Ngannou had light-heartedly suggested that he should have kicked Fury just as Conor McGregor had advised prior to their fight.
Stevenson On Fury
But in reality, that would have resulted in a disqualification, which is why there are suggestions that Fury was underprepared. The boxer shut down claims that he had not taken his training seriously.
But the pre-fight build up suggested otherwise. Fury looked a lot larger than usual at the first presser, indicating that he may have been overlooking his opponent. And that is precisely how Shakur Stevenson saw things.
“I don’t believe the fact that he says he trained for 12 weeks. He didn’t look like he trained. Didn’t look like he threw too many punches. He usually throws punches. He seemed real hesitant, and I don’t know how good of shape he was in,” Stevenson stated
Ultimately, Fury got the win even if the performance was not the best. And that was the most important thing. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingblitz.