Didier Drogba: Ballon d’Or Host ‘Declares’ Ngannou Winner Against Fury

Didier Drogba: Ballon d’Or Host ‘Declares’ Ngannou Winner Against Fury

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Tyson Fury won the highly anticipated boxing bout against Francis Ngannou
  • Ngannou lost his first professional boxing fight by split decision despite scoring a takedown
  • Didier Drogba has sided with his African brother, declaring him the winner of the fight

Francis Ngannou is getting plaudits from all realms after standing toe-to-toe with Tyson Fury in his first-ever professional boxing bout, and fans don't agree with the result.

Ngannou squared up against one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Fury and did not look like a newbie throughout the fight and even scored a takedown.

Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Francis Ngannou knocked down Tyson Fury in the third round of their fight. Photo by Justin Setterfield.
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Per Sky Sports, the British boxer was scored 96-93 and 95-94 by two judges, while the former UFC fighter was scored 95-94 by the other judge, handing the Gypsy King a win by unanimous decision.

The match's outcome was met with claims of 'robbery' by fans and other sports personalities after watching the African debutant score a takedown in the third round and was decent throughout the match.

Drogba sides with Ngannou

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was one of the sports personalities who disagreed with the fight's outcome and took to his social media page to declare his winner.

The Ballon d'Or host declared his African brother Ngannou the winner, and many of the comments agreed with him, while some had other businesses in his comments section.

Drogba and the former UFC Heavyweight champion shared a similar story of being born in West Africa and moving to Europe, though through different means.

The two-time African footballer of the year will host the 67th Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday night, another sporting event already generating controversy with Lionel Messi expected to win.

Lineker reacts to Ngannou Fury bout

Sports Brief reported on Gary Lineker's reaction to Ngannou Fury bout after the British heavyweight was declared the winner of the exhibition fight.

The football legend described the bout's outcome as robbery, with many justifiably expecting the Cameroonian to win his first professional boxing fight against the undefeated champion after an impressive performance.

Ronaldo restless during Ngannou Fury fight

Sports Brief reported on Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction during the fight as he appeared restless while watching the highly intense and entertaining boxing bout.

The Al-Nassr superstar was one of the celebrities in attendance. He was asked to back someone before the fight, but he just wanted to enjoy a good fight as both were his friends.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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