Francis Ngannou was given little to no shot against Tyson Fury in his professional boxing debut, and he’s keen on reminding his doubters of their words.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion made the switch to boxing on the biggest stage against the biggest opponent. So sure that Fury would win, many in the sport said Ngannou didn’t even have a puncher’s chance.
This view was bolstered by training footage that was widely criticised, and the announcement that Fury had already signed to face Oleksandr Usyk next.
A lot of opinions were proved wrong in the third round when a left hook dropped the undefeated Brit to the canvas. Ngannou would take it the full ten-round distance before losing out on the win via a split decision – one he contests.
It’s no wonder that the 37-year-old is keen to dish out some humble pie. In his latest offering, he has inserted clips of himself laughing in between predictions.
He targets Devin Haney, who said ‘of course’ he didn’t have a shot at beating Fury, Terence Crawford, who gave him ‘zero’ chance, Eddie Hearn, who claimed the MMA man wouldn’t win one in a million, and Tim Bradley, who is on record saying he ‘can’t fight.’
Even despite many seeing Fury’s showing as well below-par, how impressive Ngannou was in his boxing debut is in no doubt – so much so that he’s keen to stick around.
The teams of both Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have reached out to start fight talks, and there’s a potential for a Fury rematch down the line.