The recent crossover heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, in most people’s opinion, was a win for Ngannou and not Fury. However, the judges declared a controversial split decision in favor of Tyson Fury.
Billy Joe Saunders believes that the match between the heavyweights was indeed a close one, but it wasn’t a ‘robbery’. Saunders believes that Tyson Fury was the winner; had he shown his true potential, Saunders said with conviction that Ngannou wouldn’t even get close to Fury.
A rematch is definitely going to take place at some point in the future. That is the only way for all the doubts to get cleared.
Billy Joe Saunders on Fury vs Ngannou
In a recent interview with TalkSport, Billy Joe Saunders explained why he believes Fury vs Ngannou was not a ‘robbery’.
“It wasn’t a robbery,” Saunders said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usaotday.com. “It was very close. It could’ve went either way, and obviously Tyson got the nod. He’s the champion, but it wasn’t really Tyson whatsoever.
From the word go, I knew he was going to have a tough night because I know Tyson inside out. Normally you see him standing up tall, getting behind that jab, using his feints. If someone said to me, ‘You’re fighting someone from the UFC in the boxing ring,’ I probably would take my eye off the ball a little bit, myself, maybe not go through the fine details.
Saunders further said: “The reality is, with a novice you need to make him look at the right hand and then hit him with the left hand. That’s what he needed to do. … If Tyson was a fraction of himself, Ngannou wouldn’t lay a glove on him.
But I’ve seen Tyson in sparring – I’ve seen the way he acts in sparring when he’s sparring certain people. To me, it was like he wasn’t switched on from word go. Fair play to Ngannou: He was a lot better than people actually thought”.