Francis Ngannou surprised the boxing world in his professional debut, is now earning a place in the top 10 of the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings, after a spectacular performance against the WBC world champion, in an exhibition fight that was defined by a controversial split decision against him, after he sent Tyson Fury to the canvas in the third round and almost took away his undefeated record.
Ngannou knocked champion Tyson Fury in his boxing debut and now wants a rematch
According to Salvador Rodriguez of ESPN, during the ranking sessions that are part of the WBC 61st Convention, they will hold the final ranking session and mandatory fights for its champions, to formalize the issue of Ngannou, since this classification would allow him to immediately aspire to a fight for the world championship.
In his debut fight in boxing, the former MMA champion faced the undefeated Tyson Fury in an exhibition fight held on the last weekend of October in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with all the odds stacked against him. However, Ngannou left the world champion with a black eye, knocked him down with a sledgehammer and, for significant periods of the fight, made him look bad, to the point that the judges’ verdict was heavily criticized.
One of those who acknowledged Ngannou’s great performance was Fury himself, who said he never underestimated him but acknowledged that he did a great job. Only at the end of the fight, he reiterated that he as champion did enough to win the fight and maintain his undefeated record, ahead of an expected unification fight against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, which is expected to take place in February.
Whatever his situation, Ngannou seems to have become the object of desire in the heavyweight division, where Fury is seemingly unchallenged. However, the Cameroonian is under contract with the MMA company, PFL, where he is expected to make his debut in the middle of next year, but he is also already handling fights in boxing with Fury himself, but also qualifiers against other top names such as Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Dereck Chisora.
Currently, the WBC Top 10 at heavyweight has Fury as champion, and behind him are: Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Arslanbek Makhmudov, Frank Sanchez, Andy Ruiz, Jared Anderson, Efe Ajagba, Dillian Whyte, Martin Bakole and Joseph Parker.
Francis Ngannou wants a rematch with Fury
According toTMZ, Ngannouclaimed that he is ready to receive a world title shot and even said he was ready for Christmas Eve or else he could face the next undisputed champion between Fury and Usyk: “I would have fought on December 23 and maybe we would have faced each other again early next year.“He added: “I would be willing to wait for Fury to fight Usyk. I know they’re going to fight, they were already under contract, so they’re going to fight at some point, because of me.”
He even said he’s not interested in fighting anyone else, for the time being, “First of all it’s too soon. Secondly, my focus, as far as boxing is concerned is a rematch with Tyson (Fury). That’s the most important thing for me right now, everything else boxing-wise comes later.”