Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou has come and gone, and the boxing community is still in shock that Ngannou, a novice in the sport, dropped the WBC heavyweight champion in the third round and almost won the fight. It was a scary time if you were a Fury fan, poetic given that the contest landed on Halloween weekend.
Several boxing experts dismissed Ngannou from the start, and perhaps Fury did as well. The Cameroonian, who showed interest in boxing when he was younger, executed a smart game plan and took it to the champion. Appearing distracted and out of shpe, this was not the same Fury who defeated Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
So, has The Gypsy King’s stock taken a hit following the fight?
Fury’s performance adds to the disappointment of the supposed “Golden Era” of heavyweight boxing, where Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Wilder and Fury should all have mixed with each other by now. Both Joshua and WIlder’s stars have dimmed somewhat and now Fury has come close to disaster. Was this just a one-off, or has the 35-year-old Fury’s time on top come to an end?
Meanwhile, Ngannou, the overwhelming underdog, received high praise from all within combat sports. Signed with the PFL, Ngannou now has opportunities to compete in boxing and MMA whenever he wants.
The WBC and BoxRec recently ranked Ngannou. Is that a justifiable move? And what’s next for Ngannou now that he’s a hot commodity in both sports?
- Should be a rematch between Fury and Ngannou
- Will Oleksandr Usyk now open as favorite against Fury
- Will Fury rekindle his image and that of heavyweight boxing
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