The showdown between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou etched itself in the annals of sporting history. Held in Saudi Arabia, this event left no stone unturned to be hailed as one of the most spectacular spectacles in recent memory.
While the bout culminated in a split-decision victory for Tyson Fury, it was Ngannou’s amazing knockdown that stole the limelight.
The boxers made fantastic entrances to start their bout. The early rounds saw Tyson Fury dominating, but Ngannou swiftly found his rhythm in the second round.
With a lightning-quick counter-left strike, Ngannou sent Fury sprawling. Yet, Fury rallied back to claim the fourth round. Even though Ngannou appeared winded after the fourth round, he refused to yield.
Ngannou continued to close in and unleash precise counter-attacks. After the fifth round, both competitors had their moments of brilliance. However, neither could assert clear dominance.
The final round witnessed a tense standoff, with minimal exchanges of blows. It ultimately came down to the scorecard of the judges. For Ngannou, one judge gave it a 95-94 score. The other two gave Fury scores of 95-94 and 96-93.
The aftermath of the boxing match witnessed a sea of divided opinions among fans. Some staunchly believed Fury had the victory, but the majority rallied behind Ngannou.
Even renowned figures like Canelo Alvarez expressed their surprise with an emoji. LeBron James and Nate Diaz aligned themselves with Ngannou, setting the stage for spirited debates over the judges’ scorecard.
Boxing icon Canelo Alvarez commented: “😳”
Former UFC veteran Nate Diaz wrote: “Tyson fury lost and the boxing commentary biased af dumba**es they need to learn how to box ..”
Even LeBron James showed his support for Ngannou: “Exactly why i don’t watch boxing! C’mon man! 🤦🏾♂️”
Ngannou received praise from Henry Cejudo as well:
“The biggest upset in combat sports history!
Francis Ngannou just became the Lineal World heavyweight BOXING champion #furyvsngannou”
MMA analyst Ariel Helwani tweeted: “Remember when they said Francis fumbled the bag? 😂😂😂😂”
Fans reacted to the main event on the internet as soon as the match concluded. Some of the comments are as follows:
“Ummmm am I bat sh*t crazy or is @francis_ngannou winning this fight going into the 8th round?”
The vast majority of fans gave Ngannou the victory in the match. For both combatants, a rematch between the two would be very profitable.