Knock down Tyson Fury, Francis Ngannou is promised to enter the WBC Top 10 Ranking. Photo: REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri
Dewey Cooper, Francis Ngannou’s trainer, indicated that his boxer was promised a top 10 ranking from the President of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaiman. That promise was revealed on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, when Francis Ngannou made his professional boxing debut against the boxer considered the top heavyweight, WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Their fight is a non-title fight, as Ngannou is unranked by a judging body. Francis Ngannou exceeded all expectations by knocking out Tyson Fury in the third round and fought evenly for most of the match.
In the end, Fury was awarded a controversial split decision victory. One of the judges scored 95-94 for Ngannou, but he was defeated by another judge with scores of 95-94 and 96-93 for Fury.
Due to his unexpected performance against the reigning division champion, Ngannou may now be in contention for the world title.
“Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, said that he would put him in the top 10 because he is better than most of the heavyweights in the top 10. He said that in the ring,” Dewey Cooper told MMA Junkie.
UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier was one of the many people who heaped praise on Ngannou, who is also a former UFC heavyweight champion. “Francis Ngannou has proven that he is the baddest person on the planet,” Cormier said.
“Why? Because he is the UFC heavyweight champion, and he fought the world heavyweight champion in a close decision. Tyson Fury cannot fight Francis Ngannou in mixed martial arts the same way Francis fought Tyson in boxing. There is no way the fight “between any fighter and the UFC heavyweight champion in mixed martial arts would come down to a decision like that. It was the most impressive performance I’ve ever seen from a guy outside of his specialty,” he explained.