Israel Adesanya on Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou: “I thought [Ngannou] won”

Israel Adesanya shares his thoughts on Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou.

by Aryan Lakhani
Israel Adesanya on Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou: “I thought [Ngannou] won”
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The former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was in attendance for the heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou. Adesanya showed up for the weigh-ins with Francis Ngannou. After watching the match live, he concluded by saying the same thing that almost everyone in the boxing world has been saying.

Adesanya believes Ngannou won the match. The controversial split decision led to many debates, and people have convinced themselves that boxing is a sport where the outcomes can frequently be biased based on many factors.

Israel Adesanya on Fury vs Ngannou

In a recent YouTube video, Israel Adesanya shared his thoughts on Fury vs Ngannou and spoke a little about the boxing judges. “I wasn’t scoring the fight, because I was in the zone,” Adesanya said, as quoted by

“I was bobbing and weaving. You know when you watch someone you care about fight? You’re just ‘mom’s spaghetti,’ sweaty, so I was just watching the fight. He was holding his own, it was good, he was doing the things they were working on backstage.

I thought [Ngannou] won, but I was just like, it’s a close fight, but I felt if you were in the arena, if you were watching, when you watch a fight you know who won, You just know who won. I wasn’t really scoring the fight, you know—even them two, they know.

Adesanya's take on the judges: You know who wins a fight, because you’re in there with that person, and those who are watching you.But then I was very wary of the judges, I just knew boxing gonna boxing. Not saying MMA doesn’t have it as well, but imagine ...

I’ve been there before, I can relate, so I just knew. I wasn’t confident in the judges, because I knew for a guy with zero boxing fights to come in there in his debut boxing fight, not even as an amateur, and beat the reigning lineal champion, the bureaucrats in boxing would not like that”.

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