WBC president says Ngannou's ranking follows the rules: Who can go against that?

"First of all it is based on the rules. The WBC rules for the ratings criteria has many parameters."- WBC president said.

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WBC president says Ngannou's ranking follows the rules: Who can go against that?
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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman defended the WBC's choice to rank MMA veteran Francis Ngannou in the top ten. The WBC has special rules by which they rank boxers. Ngannou surprised everyone in his boxing debut, considering the resistance he provided to Tyson Fury. Sulaiman gave the example of several other Thai fighters who had successful Muay Thai or Thai boxing careers.

"First of all it is based on the rules. The WBC rules for the ratings criteria has many parameters; record, activity, level of opposition and other matters including activity in amateur boxing, Olympic boxing or any other contact sport. We have ranked many fighters from Thailand who have had a successful Muay Thai or Thai boxing career and they enter into professional boxing. We have so many precedents."- Sulaiman told Sky Sports, as quoted by boxingscene.com!

Mauricio Sulaiman reacts

Sulaiman can't understand why anyone would oppose ranking Francis Ngannou. The best indicator of his quality was the match against probably the best boxer at the moment; Tyson Fury. It will be interesting to follow his boxing career and see what he can do in the next match.

"For Ngannou to enter the rankings, it's supported by the rules. But who can, in their state of mind, go against Ngannou being ranked? He dropped Tyson, the best heavyweight champion of today in boxing and he lost a split decision against the champion. So who can go against that? It is only to make controversy. So if they see that it is within the rules and they see the performance he had, there is no controversy putting him number 10 in the rankings."

The fact is that Francis Ngannou has been in combat sports for years. His experience could be felt in the match against Fury, even though Ngannou is not a boxer. However, years of training, and strong fights within the UFC have developed his motor skills and it seems that Francis has everything to become a quality boxer.

"It was amazing. He has a big chin, a huge chin, tremendous punching power and he was very clean. He boxed. There was a concern that he would get to the tactics of mixed martial arts. No, he did a tremendous fight. He's humble and he's hardworking. I'm very proud of the decision by the WBC."

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