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Tyson Fury Edges Out Ngannou in Thrilling Showdown, Despite Suffering Knockdown, Video
- Tyson Fury has been adjudged the winner of the Battle of the Baddest bout in Riyadh
- The Briton edged out the Cameroonian superstar Francis Ngannou by split decision
- Fury was knocked down in the course of the fight, but two of the referees awarded him victory
Tyson Fury defeated Francis Ngannou by a split decision in the "Battle of the Baddest" bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Briton overcame a Round 3 knockdown to defeat the Cameroonian in a controversial manner as one judge had Ngannou winning 95-94, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-93 and 95-94 for Fury.
Fury had to creep over the line to overcome the exciting MMA star Francis Ngannou after being dropped in Round 3.
The UFC legend Ngannou gave Fury all kinds of problems in the opening rounds, with Fury cut in the second and then tasting the canvas in the third.
Fury took more blows in the final rounds before securing a controversial split decision win, with two of the judges scoring the fight in his favour, SunSport reports.
There were quite a few boos from the stands as soon as Fury handled the mic for his post-match reaction. He said:
“That definitely wasn’t in the script. He’s a lot better of a boxer than we thought he’d be.
“He’s a very awkward man, and he’s a good puncher, and I respect him a lot. He was very awkward, he wasn’t coming forward; he was waiting for me to throw my punches then looking to counter.
“It’s a part of boxing [the knockdown], I got caught behind the head again. I got up and it was alright; I got back to my boxing."
Fury vs Ngannou prize money
Sports Brief earlier reported that Ngannou will be earning $10m from the fight against Fury.
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On the other hand, Derek Chisora has claimed that Fury will be making $50m. That is not believed to factor in sponsorships.
The pair were a delight to watch on the night, however many will disagree with the result, especially as regards the knockdown suffered by Fury.