WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, went toe-to-toe with arguably the hardest puncher in UFC history on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.
Many fans were questioning whether that power would translate in a pair of boxing gloves, in comparison to the 4-ounce gloves used in the UFC and Fury has reflected on his clash with the Cameroonian, which left him with heavy bruising and a black eye.
Fury claimed a split-decision win over the boxing debutant in controversial style, suffering a knockdown and a close-call on the scorecards after what was expected to be an easy night for ‘The Gypsy King’ by most fans.
The Brit has faced one of the hardest punching boxers of all-time in Deontay Wilder, on no less than three occasions, as well as sharing the ring with long-reigning knockout-artist, Wladimir Klitschko.
However, in an interview with Boxing King Media, the 35-year-old struggled to make a comparison between Ngannou and the two power-punching former world champions, claiming that he didn’t really feel the full effect of Ngannou’s blows, despite the markings on his face.
“He punches hard but it was a bit like a hook on the back of the head, the knockdown in round three and apart from that he didn’t really get me with much else.”
Regardless of whether Fury felt the force of Ngannou’s punches, his body and face tell another story. So much so that his announced undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk has been pushed back from December 23 and is now expected to take place near the end of Riyadh Season in either February or March.