Francis Ngannou considers himself hard done by after taking Tyson Fury the distance in his professional boxing debut but missing out on the decision victory.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion knocked Fury down in the third round and boxed for ten much better than anyone had predicted. Despite that, Fury’s scoring shots throughout saw him take a split decision.
It was far from a vintage performance from the Morecambe man – something he has admitted himself – and some in the sport still believe Ngannou did enough to win.
Derek Chisora – who has fought and lost to Fury on three occasions throughout his career – said on Instagram Live that even if Fury was down and out Ngannou wouldn’t get the nod, such is the nature of the sport.
“Tyson was not focused. That was not the Tyson we see every time, with Dillian, myself and Deontay. He was not focused – he thought it would be a walkover. It was madness. A great show, shoutout to the Kingdom. The whole production was unbelievable, but the fights, they were okay.”
“Shoutout to Ngannou for trying. You cannot do your debut with the heavyweight champion and then suddenly they give you the victory. F**k that s**t, man.
Let me tell you something, even if Tyson got knocked out they would have raised his hand like he won. Because that would’ve put boxing into shambles. Who gives a f**k. Entertainment. On to the next one.”
Chisora was Fury’s third defence in this second stint as world champion. He will next put his WBC belt on the line against Oleksandr Usyk, who brings the IBF, WBO and WBA to the table.