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Frank Warren: “Anyone with the slightest idea about how to score a fight knows that Tyson Fury won”

Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury. Photo credit: Getty Images

Promoter Frank Warren has called on Francis Ngannou 0-1 to stop complaining about the result of his split decision loss to WBC heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury 34-0-1 (24) in their 10-round non-title fight at Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou, 37, boxed better than expected, dropping Britain’s Fury, 35, in the third round with a left hook only to lose on points 93-96, 94-95 and 95-94.

The French-Cameroonian is adamant the judges were against him and that he deserved the win.

“When I saw one of those calls, there’s nothing noble here,” Ngannou said on I Am Athlete. “This is like fucking robbery. You’re not even ashamed of it. Somebody scored 93-96 and I’m like okay, what fight are we scoring? But I think we got to the point where we don’t care.”

A loss for Fury would have made a mooted four-belt unification bout with WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) a tough sell, a point not lost on Ngannou who was widely viewed as an easy tune-up for the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’.

But Warren has scoffed at claims his man lost, saying they always expected a stern challenge from Ngannou while admitting the early knockdown came as something of a shock.

“What nonsense. Where was the fix when Tyson came within a second or two of being counted out when he was knocked down in the third round? Where was the fix when he had to knuckle down and fight hard to pull out the win he deserved?” Warren told The Daily Mail.

“All this idiocy has come from mostly the same people who were saying before the fight that it was a farce, a sham, a circus for the world heavyweight champion to be taking a crossover fight with Ngannou which he would win so easily it would be over whenever he wanted.

“We knew that Ngannou would be a tough opponent with massive punching power and the physical strength to take big shots himself.

“We did expect that Tyson would work him out in the first two or three rounds and go on to win but the knockdown changed the fight. So now the people who rubbished it in advance as a joke are saying it was a disgrace and bad for boxing that he was taken to a close decision.

“As for the so-called robbery, anyone with the slightest idea about how to score a fight knows that Fury won despite a poor performance by his high standards. And more and more people who have watched a TV replay are coming round to that opinion.”

Fury is expected to return to action in February next year against 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw Usyk in Saudi Arabia on a date to be announced.