Boxing legend Mike Tyson has joined the chorus of voices questioning the WBC's decision to rank Francis Ngannou 10th in the heavyweight division after his controversial loss to Tyson Fury last month. Many have raised eyebrows at the ranking, given that Ngannou had only one professional boxing match under his belt and lost it.
Despite his lack of experience, Ngannou put on an impressive display against WBC champion Fury, even managing to score a third-round knockdown. While he ultimately fell short of victory by split decision, Ngannou's performance earned him a spot in the WBC's top 10.
Tyson claims that Ngannou had a debut match like no other boxer has ever had
However, Tyson, who served as a mentor to Ngannou in the lead-up to the Fury fight, believes that the ranking is too low. "He did a great job against Fury," Tyson asserted.
"This is not fair, number 10 is too low." Tyson further elaborated on his stance, highlighting Ngannou's remarkable feat of facing one of the greatest boxers of all time in his debut match. "He did a great job with one of the greatest fighters of all time," Tyson emphasized.
"First time boxing, fighting the best heavyweight of his era. He deserves all the praise he can get!" As for Ngannou's next move, the future remains uncertain. With Fury committed to facing Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight championship fight on February 17, 2024, the rematch that Ngannou craves is not on the immediate horizon.
No one expected that the Cameroonian would show such quality boxing and torment the champion. For this reason, surely the entire boxing world would love to see a rematch. Nevertheless, Ngannou has expressed his intention to continue boxing and honor his contract with the PFL.
The identity of his next opponent remains to be seen, but with his impressive performance against Fury, Ngannou is sure to face stiff competition as he navigates the world of professional boxing.