Francis Ngannou very nearly pulled off the upset against Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia.
The former UFC heavyweight champion was making his professional boxing debut against Fury and started the bout as a huge underdog with many in the boxing community branding the bout as a mismatch.
But he managed to drop Fury in the third round before dropping a controversial split-decision to the ‘Gypsy King’.
Dramatic night in Riyadh 😲
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On the WBC heavyweight champion’s power, Ngannou admitted he is the hardest hitter he’s ever faced.
“Fury punches pretty good. I ate some of his shots – he punches very strong. And he was with 10oz gloves, because MMA fights are 4oz gloves. In boxing it’s 10oz. I think, so far, he is the top”
On the dramatic knockdown he continued: “I was [feeling] pretty good. I mean, I have watched Fury many times, I have watched him take a strong hand, go down, unconscious and then come back.
So I knew [I could knock him down. I was expecting more because I was looking at him, his eyes were open, he looks like he was all conscious.”