Tyson Fury was one scorecard away from losing his undefeated record when he faced Francis Ngannou last month in Saudi Arabia.
‘The Gypsy King’ says himself that it was far from a ‘vintage’ performance, and boxing fans were shocked to see him knocked down in the third round.
Despite a better-than-expected showing from Ngannou, Fury jabbed his way to a split decision victory. There has been plenty of debate to follow, with some high-profile names in the sport giving the nod to Ngannou instead,
Speaking to Boxing King Media, Ricky Hatton said that Fury ‘just, just, just’ did enough in his mind.
“A lot of people are saying that it could’ve gone either way. Yeah, it could’ve gone either way, but I think Tyson just, just, just did enough. It’s one of them.”
‘The Hitman’ believes that announced that the undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk was signed before Fury and Ngannou stepped through the ropes was likely a bad distraction, and admitted it wasn’t the Fury he knew in the ring.
“A bit of a banana skin for Tyson – he’s on a good hiding to nothing. Should he have [taken] it with that Usyk fight in front of him? I don’t know. He got cut didn’t he, and we don’t know if that’s gonna set things back now.
But the main thing is my mate won, but I think we all expected him to win a little bit better than that … Tyson didn’t look at it tonight to be honest with you, but it made it a good fight.”