- Tyson Fury maintained his unbeaten streak as he beat Ngannou via split decision
- Fans were unhappy with the decision and claimed the MMA fighter was “robbed.”
- Recap all the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou action here
Former UFC champion Francis Ngannou’s strong performance in the ring against Tyson Fury was not enough for a victory.
The decision was met with boos at Boulevard Hall in Riyadh as it was announced the UFC fighter had lost.
Fans took to social media to express their shock at the judges’ decision. One wrote that Ngannou had been “robbed.”
The MMA fighter narrowly lost via a split decision despite knocking out the Gypsy King in the third round.
Speaking to the right, Fury said it was “one of the toughest fights I’ve had in the last decade.”
Fury was knocked down in round three after Ngannou landed a punch that sent him to the ground
Fury was announced as the winner of the heavyweight fight against Francis Ngannou
Fans went wild when Fury was announced as the winner, claiming the result was face-saving.
Oleksandr Usyk looks on before the fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou struck early in his fight against Tyson Fury, knocking the WBC heavyweight champion to the ground in the third round of their highly anticipated bout.
Although he won via split decision, the Gypsy King found himself in trouble after attempting to land a right hand on the MMA heavyweight, with Ngannou catching him with a massive left hook to the temple.
The 35-year-old dropped to the canvas and took a moment to recover before getting back up seconds before the end of the round.
Fans shared their opinions online, with one saying it was a “daylight robbery” for Ngannou, while others agreed that the Cameroonian national had been “robbed.”
Another added: “[Oleksandr] Usyk would absolutely destroy Tyson Fury if he fought like he did tonight.
“Absolute travesty, I love Tyson Fury but he’s never won this before,” a fourth wrote.
After a brilliant performance from Ngannou in all ten rounds, Fury paid tribute to him in his post-fight interview.
He called Ngannou “a damn good fighter” and admitted it was one of his toughest fights of the last decade.
“That was definitely not in the script.” Francis is a great fighter, a strong, great puncher.
Tyson Fury praised Ngannou for his strength and being a “great puncher” in his post-fight interview.
Fury recovered with a few punches and ultimately won the fight
When he was knocked down in the third round, Fury said: “I got caught in the back of the head.” I wasn’t hurt. I got up and went back to my boxing.’
The fight was hard fought, with fans calling for Ngannou to turn to boxing after he impressed fans in his first professional boxing match.
Fury maintained his unbeaten streak, which was decided by the judges via a split decision. One gave Francis Ngannou 95-94, one 96-93 Fury and the deciding judge had 95-94 Fury.
Calls for Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk grew louder as the Ukrainian boxer watched from the ring.