Tyson Fury has insisted his split decision points victory over Francis Ngannou was not controversial.
‘The Gypsy King’ was dropped by the former UFC heavyweight champion, but still managed to have his hand raised as the winner in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.
Ngannou believes he did enough to win on his boxing debut and several prominent combat sports stars have taken to social media to agree with his assessment of the fight.
However, the WBC heavyweight king believes he dominated and won the majority of rounds – despite admitting the MMA fighter gave him a tough night at the office.
“It was not so much my toughest fight for years,” Fury told IFL TV.
“Maybe he won the 10-8 round and he maybe won one other round.
“Other than that, I was just boxing him, and he couldn’t really close distance on me.”
Carl Froch, Chris Eubank, and Jake Paul are just some of the people who think Ngannou won, but Fury explained why he agreed with the judges while showing off the massive black eye he suffered during the fight.
He added: “I’m not a boxing judge, but I can clearly see he didn’t win the fight by the punch stats.
“And if he would’ve won the fight, they would’ve given him it. It wasn’t my own show, was it? We are both away fighters.”
Fury is not entertaining talk of an immediate rematch with Ngannou.
The 35-year-old is instead looking ahead to a historic four-belt heavyweight undisputed fight with WBO, WBA and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury vs Usyk was earmarked for December 23, but after a tougher night than expected against Ngannou, that fight is expected to be pushed back until 2024.
“I’ve done my job,” he concluded.
“I’ve been paid. Happy days. I’m onto the next one. I’ll get paid for that and then on to the next one.
“I’m fighting Usyk next. We’ve both signed the contract. Whenever that is, it is.”
Ngannou was supposed to return to MMA with the Professional Fighters League [PFL] in 2024, but after such a strong debut in boxing, it appears he will be sticking around for a while.
Even if a Fury rematch isn’t available, he won’t be short of big fight offers.