Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou LIVE: All the reaction from Riyadh

Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou LIVE: All the reaction from Riyadh

October 29, 2023

Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou LIVE: All the reactions and fallout from pundits and celebrities as ‘Gypsy King’ secures controversial split decision victory over UFC star in Saudi Arabia

Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for all the latest news and reactions after Tyson Fury controversially beat Francis Ngannou by split decision in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Too many yes men?

Billy Joe Saunders has suggested Tyson Fury has ‘too many yes men’ in his entourage after the Gypsy King scraped his victory over Francis Ngannou.

On Instagram, Saunders said: ‘Too many yes men in camp, not switched on from the [the] word go. But he [will] be switched on for the Ukrainian [Oleksandr Usyk].’

Do you agree with his comments? Let us know!

Hearn: 'Ngannou won by two rounds'

Eddie Hearn believes Francis Ngannou beat Tyson Fury ‘by two rounds’.

One judge scored the contest 95-94 in favour of Ngannou, while the other two controversially handed the fight to Fury 96-93 and 95-94.

‘I am absolutely lost for words. Francis Ngannou has never boxed before and fair play to him, I didn’t think he was overly impressive, but Tyson Fury looked like he’d never laced up a pair of gloves before,’ Hearn told Matchroom’s YouTube channel.

‘He got dropped in the third round, he never threw a punch and Ngannou never threw a punch after. I thought Ngannou won by two rounds. Boxing world has gone mad.’

You can read his full quotes below.

Usyk: 'Fury didn't take him seriously enough'

Oleksandr Usyk wasn’t quite sure what to make of Tyson Fury’s largely unconvincing display, having sat at ringside in Riyadh to watch the chaos unfold.

His head-scratching reaction after Fury crashed to the canvas was equally telling.

‘I had an impression that he was playing. I’m not thinking about [whether he was playing possum] but I will be training 100 per cent,’ Usyk told Fight Hub TV.

‘But listen, it’s boxing. Maybe it was the element of surprise. Maybe. I think it was [a] show.’

Check out Usyk's full quotes below.

Jeff Powell's report

Tyson Fury, his massive paymasters, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the best laid plans of world heavyweight boxing were shaken to the roots before the Gypsy King staged the narrowest of escapes from the sensational loss of his unbeaten record.

A single point on the third card of a split decision saved the hundreds of millions of dollars in waiting for Fury to dispute with Oleksandr Usyk and preserved a shot at the honour of becoming the first undisputed world heavyweight champion for more than a decade.

The Ukrainian, holder of the other title belts not in the fiefdom of the Gypsy King, was sitting at ringside and how he must have been wishing this had been his night in the ring with a Fury as sluggish and disjointed as this.

You can read Jeff's full report via the link below.

Fury survives!

Wow! That was an absolute war.

Welcome along to Mail Sport’s coverage of all the reaction and fallout from Tyson Fury’s controversial split decision victory over Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

Fury was dropped by the mixed martial artist but clung on for an uneasy triumph.

Who saw THAT coming?


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