Tyson Fury deserved win over Francis Ngannou, believes UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley

'He just simply outboxed him.'

Tyson Fury deserved win over Francis Ngannou, believes UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley
Boxing In Riyadh: Tyson Fury v Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou was very narrowly beaten by Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia (Picture: Getty Images)

Many observers felt Francis Ngannou deserved to beat Tyson Fury in their heavyweight fight on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia, but UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley is not of that opinion.

Fury scraped past the boxing novice with a split decision win, despite being knocked down in the third round of the bout.

Ngannou wildly exceeded most people’s expectations as he competed in his first ever boxing match against the lineal world heavyweight champion.

As unlikely as it seemed before the fight, many thought the Predator did enough to beat the Gypsy King, with Eddie Hearn claiming Ngannou was robbed of victory by the judges.

However, O’Malley isn’t so sure, and although he admits he may be a little biased towards the man he backed to win the fight, he believes Fury outboxed Ngannou.

‘I personally was kind of going for Tyson the whole time just because, I don’t know, I like to watch the show,’ O’Malley said on the TimboSugarShow podcast. ‘I was going for Tyson, so when I watched the fight maybe I was a little biased toward Tyson.

‘I thought he won the fight. He got dropped obviously. … I might have a little bias. I have to go rewatch it. I just thought he outboxed him. He just simply outboxed him. There was one 10-8, that was the round he got dropped, but I thought he won the majority of the rounds.’

UFC 292: Sterling v O'Malley
Sean O’Malley won the UFC bantamweight title in August (Picture: Getty Images)

O’Malley, who stopped Aljamain Sterling to win the UFC bantamweight title in August, did praise Ngannou’s athleticism and power, which makes him a threat for anyone.

‘It’s just crazy when you’re that big, and you have a shutoff in your right hand and his left hook, his left hook is what dropped him,’ he said. ‘He has a shutoff in both. He’s naturally gifted, 100 percent.

‘Obviously massive, hits harder than anyone. He’s just got the shutoff in both hands, and that’s all you can do in boxing.

‘I wasn’t expecting him to not be good. He had months and months and months and months to prepare. He’s naturally just an athlete.’

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