Hall of Fame boxer, Carl Froch, has made his opinion clear on who he thought won the controversial crossover bout between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou shocked the world when he knocked the WBC champion down in the third round, and never looked out of place against someone who many regard as the number one heavyweight on the planet.
Fury walked away with the decision victory, but not without controversy, with many fans and pundits believing the former UFC champion did enough to have his hand raised.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Froch was adamant that the man making his boxing debut deserved to get the nod.
“Ngannou put on a sterling performance, it was just such a good performance, he was moving his head well, he was well balanced and he gave Tyson Fury one hell of a tough nights work.
He was landing the bigger and harder shots and he dropped Tyson Fury, nobody even expected him to get near Fury and he dropped him.
Ngannou boxed brilliantly. I thought we won the fight, I scored it that he won the fight by 2 or 3 rounds, at least 2 rounds and with the knockdown I thought he deserved to get his hand held at the end of the fight.”
Froch then went one step further by branding the result ‘corruption’.
“With the knockdown on the card that seals the deal for me. Tyson Fury got beat and I think it was a bad decision. It wasn’t a blatant robbery as a lot of the rounds were close, I’ve seen worse decisions but for me Francis Ngannou won that fight.
I think the reason the fight was in Tyson Fury’s favour last night is purely because of this fight on the 23rd of December, Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk. Unification fight that’s the fight we want to see and what we should be getting and that’s the reason I think Ngannou didn’t get the nod last night and for me it’s corruption, it’s corruption at the highest level.”
December 23 had been the planned date for the undisputed clash between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, but Frank Warren has since ruled that out, saying Tyson will need time for his body to heal.