"Gypsy King" Fury Survives Controversial Split Decision Win
Tyson Fury prevailed in a 10-round split-decision victory over the former UFC heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou in his professional boxing debut. Even with the loss Ngannou, who had never boxed before, silenced the doubters and surprised many by displaying his boxing skills during their heavyweight non-title match at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. Actually, a lot of spectators believed he won the fight despite the final decision by the judges.
Ngannou dropped Fury to the canvas in the third round of the fight with a ferocious left hook, which was the only knockdown of the bout. Fury looked shaken but was able to pick himself up and continue. He battled back with multiple power punches and combinations throughout the remainder of the fight but was unable to put Ngannou down. In the end, Tyson Fury was awarded the decision to remain undefeated with his 34th win.
The judges, Alan Krebs (USA) scored the fight 95-94 Fury, Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) 96-93 Fury, and Ed Garner (Canada) 95-94 Ngannou. Per Compubox, Ngannou outlanded Fury 37-32 in power shots, while Fury landed better overall shots, with a 71-59 advantage. They each landed double-digit blows in a round only once. The Gypsy King got cut on the forehead at one point and took some damage from the heavy-hitting Ngannou who proved he could succeed in hurting the heavyweight champion.
Ngannous's performance was praised, with ideas of possibly a second fight between the two. Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion of the world has a set match planned with Ukrainian heavyweight fighter Oleksandr Usyk (21-0-0) on December 23, which may be postponed following this fight. The fight was the first major debut crossover contest between MMA and boxing since Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in 2017.
Many were in shock due to the final decision of the judges and the outcome of this fight. In what was viewed as a close call for Fury, Ngannou scored the only knockdown of the match, leading many viewers to believe it would be enough to take the victory. Interviewed after the fight Ngannou believed he was robbed of the victory.
I feel strongly that there will almost have to be a sequel to this matchup. I guess we will have to wait and see.