Former boxing champion and famend analyst Andre Ward remains to be in shock from what Francis Ngannou did within the boxing ring towards Tyson Fury.
Regardless of being an enormous betting underdog, Ngannou fought the lineal heavyweight champion to a break up choice of their 10-round boxing match in Saudi Arabia. With the previous UFC champ and present PFL fighter eyeing future boxing bouts with different huge names, Ward gained’t rely Ngannou out towards any heavyweight boxer shifting ahead.
“Types make fights, and now we have to see, however after what he did with Fury, I’m not going to put in writing him off anymore,” Ward mentioned on The MMA Hour. “It’s a wait and see proposition for me at this level.”
Regardless of being fully counted out within the buildup to his combat with Fury, Ngannou carried out nicely past expectations, even flooring Fury with an enormous shot within the third spherical, leaving many believing that Ngannou gained the combat.
In the long run, Fury obtained two of the judges’ playing cards in his favor. Ward, at first, wasn’t even watching the combat as a result of he anticipated a Fury landslide. However after a cardio exercise, Ward instantly obtained to the tv to observe what many noticed because the unthinkable heading into the combat.
“I didn’t see that in any respect,” Ward mentioned. “I’m usually proper on, or someplace within the ballpark, and I used to be at a health club and I didn’t give him a shot within the first two or three rounds. I’m taking a look at all people, and I’m like, ‘Fury is gonna carry him. He’s going to offer the folks in Saudi their cash’s price after which he’s going to step it up and end him halfway by the combat, [round] six, seven, someplace round there.’
“I get on the Stairmaster, I’m doing my 20-Half-hour, however I’m trying over and I’m like, I don’t see anyone reacting. The combat shouldn’t be over. So I yell over, I’m like, ‘The combat remains to be going?’ And the look on their face — they appear, they are saying, ‘Oh yeah, it’s going and Fury could also be dropping.’ I’m like, ‘No.’ I get off the Stairmaster, proper after that he will get dropped. I simply couldn’t imagine it, and it was a respectable knockdown. I don’t know what to make of it.
“I obtained to offer him his credit score. He deserves each little bit of what he’s getting. I do know he’s going to have one other huge combat or two. He mentioned he made more cash in that combat than he did in his complete UFC profession. That’s what it’s about, particularly as you begin getting older. I don’t have the phrases. I don’t understand how that occurred.”