Francis Ngannou makes final decision on whether to appeal Tyson Fury defeat after accusing ‘The Gypsy King’ of CHEATING

Ngannou claims he was struck by an illegal elbow during the fight.

Francis Ngannou makes final decision on whether to appeal Tyson Fury defeat after accusing ‘The Gypsy King’ of CHEATING
Francis Ngannou
Ngannou has called for sanctions against the ringside judges (Picture: Getty)

Francis Ngannou will not appeal against his defeat to Tyson Fury, insisting there is ‘no chance’ the decision will be overturned.

In what was his first fight in a boxing ring, the former UFC heavyweight champion turned in a stunning display against the reigning WBC king Fury in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, flooring him in the third round.

Ngannou took the ‘The Gypsy King’ the distance with many fans and former fighters feeling he had done enough to seal the win. However, Fury’s hand was raised as the winner, sealing a narrow split decision win on the judges’ scorecards.

The Cameroonian slammed the judges in the aftermath with replays also suggesting he was struck with an illegal elbow by Fury in the seventh round of the fight.

Despite his frustrations, Ngannou says he has no plans to appeal and will instead pursue a rematch.

‘I saw the elbow, the elbow was what round, sixth or seventh round? The ref didn’t say anything about it,’ Ngannou told TMZ Sports.

‘In the locker room, the commission said no clinch and this and that. Even Tyson Fury’s team said they know I’m an MMA guy and would do this, at the beginning when we were getting close to the clinch, it was break… To be honest, I don’t think I was fairly treated.

Francis Ngannou
Ngannou dropped Fury with a huge shot in the third round (Picture: Getty)

‘That is something that is very complicated. Inside the ring, I didn’t know exactly what happened in the fight. My corner and coaches said I won… Who am I gonna appeal to? I have no chance. I think that’s just another way of humiliation.’

He continued: ‘The rematch. The rematch is what I want next the most, because as of right now, I feel like there are a lot of options for me, but I want to choose wisely.

‘I will go for the rematch first. Going into the first one, there was a lot of question, there was a lot of uncertainty for boxing, but going into the training camp, there was a lot of unknown.

Boxing In Riyadh: Tyson Fury v Francis Ngannou
Ngannou gace Fury serious trouble in Saudi Arabia (Picture: Getty)

‘I think this fight from the beginning of the camp to the leading up to the fight was a lot of experience that will definitely help me a lot for the second fight.’

With Ngannou now hot property in heavyweight boxing, Eddie Hearn is desperate for him and Anthony Joshua to fight in what has dubbed ‘Rumble in The Jungle II’ with hope of bringing the fight to Africa. Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott meanwhile has claimed talks are underway for him to fight the Bronze Bomber.

After watching him go toe-to-toe with Fury, former UFC champion Michael Bisping is convinced Ngannou can go onto shock both Joshua and Wilder.

‘I think after what we saw on Saturday night, Ngannou-AJ is a competitive fight and there’s a possibility that Ngannou wins,’ he told Betway.

‘AJ’s not as fast as Fury and you can never underestimate Ngannou. We know that he’ll have a good go. I think he can have a good-go with anyone. I think he beats anyone on Fury’s record; Derek Chisora, Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder, Tom Schwartz, Otto Wallin. He beats all of them for sure.’

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