Former UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou “deserved to be ranked by the WBC” after he was denied an unbelievable victory towards Tyson Fury, in accordance with president Mauricio Sulaiman.
Former UFC champion Ngannou shocked the world by going the gap in his boxing debut, at one level even pulling down reigning WBC heavyweight champion Fury.
In what appeared like a complete mismatch between the undefeated WBC champion and a blended martial artist boxing professionally for the primary time, Ngannou was dealt essentially the most telling blow when a lefty Fury was decked within the third spherical.
However Fury rose from the canvas earlier than battling his strategy to a really unconvincing split-decision victory with two judges giving Fury the battle with scores of 96-93 and 95-94, and the opposite choose favoring Ngannou 95-94.
Present high 10 World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings
1. Deontay Wilder
2. Anthony Joshua
3. Arslanbek Makhmudov
4. Frank Sanchez
5. Andy Ruiz
7. Worship Ajagba
8. Dillian Whyte
9. Martin Bakole
10. Joseph Parker
This was not the lineup Fury had envisioned for an undisputed world title conflict towards Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion who was ringside to witness his rival’s disappointing efficiency.
Ngannou, who had not fought in any capability since January 2022 and had undergone reconstructive knee surgical procedure throughout that point, pointedly stated on X, previously often called Twitter: “World Desk Tennis Champion.”
Ngannou exceeded expectations with studies suggesting he could possibly be in competition for a high 10 rating within the WBC.
Sky Sports activities approached Sulaiman, who confirmed: “What I personally noticed final evening is a strong boxer, who deserves to be ranked by the WBC and I’ll make such suggestions to the rankings committee.”
It could imply Ngannou will probably be ranked increased than Filip Hrgovic and Daniel Dubois, though the 37-year-old is anticipated to return to MMA subsequent yr.
Usyk promoter says Fury ‘cannot escape’ December 23 battle date
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has insisted Fury “can not escape” an undisputed world title battle on December 23, regardless of the latter’s punishing victory over Francis Ngannou.
He stated: “Everybody, together with Usyk, did not give Ngannou a lot of an opportunity. However the man shocked the world.
“Fury underestimated his opponent. Conceitedness, lack of self-discipline and greed for cash result in these sorts of circumstances.
“However we signed December 23 and Fury can not escape that.”