Tyson Fury Defeats Francis Ngannou: LeBron James, Joel Embiid, and More React

Ngannou stunned the world when he hit Fury with a left hook that knocked him down in the third round.

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Tyson Fury has walked out of Saudi Arabia with a win after he defeated Francis Ngannou in a non-title fight that has people on social media talking. 

On Saturday, Fury took on Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the highly anticipated bout, and it seemed the champion was going to receive his first loss. In the third round, Ngannou dropped Fury with a left hook and giving the champion his seventh knockdown in his career.  

The fight continued with Fury coming back with a few solid hits, but Ngannou, who just started his boxing career in January 2022, looked solid and a serious threat to the British boxer. Fury ended up winning via a split decision, with one judge scoring 95-94 for the former UFC heavyweight champion and the other two, 96-93 and 95-94, ruling in favor of Fury.

Social media was on fire after the fight, with many believing the Cameroonian-French fighter should've won. Four-time NBA champion LeBron James was so appalled by the decision that he reminded fans why he doesn't watch boxing. 

Exactly why i don't watch boxing! C'mon man! 🤦🏾‍♂️

— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @KingJames

Fellow Cameroonian and 2023 NBA MVP Joel Embiid wrote "NO F WAY FRANCIS GOT ROBBED." Seven-time NBA All-Star Damian Lillard had nothing to say but "Wtf!?" in his tweet. 


— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @JoelEmbiid

New Milwaukee Bucks player Damian Lillard also commented:


— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @Dame_Lillard

Despite the controversy, Fury will now have to get ready for his next bout against Oleksandr Usyk which is scheduled for Dec. 23 in Riyadh. Usyk was present at the fight and faced off with Fury afterward. 

Check out more reactions to Tyson Fury's victory against Francis Ngannou below. 

REPOST if you are proud of Francis Ngannou.

Ngannou performed better than Deontay Wilder when he fought Tyson Fury.#BattleOfTheBaddest pic.twitter.com/0YS8AHc4WO

— Tsingerosi Zingerosi (@Tsingerosi) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @Tsingerosi

This was Oleksandr Usyk's reaction when Francis Ngannou knocked down Tyson Fury! 😳#BattleOfTheBaddest | #FuryNgannou 


— Lions Messi (@StillAlright38) October 29, 2023
Twitter: @StillAlright38

FRANCIS NGANNOU GOT ROBBED!!! TYSON FURY LOST. ROBBERY, RIGGED.#BattleOfTheBaddest#furyvsngannou pic.twitter.com/CqWOTmU6Nf

— Barn House Sportz (@BarnHouseSportz) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @BarnHouseSportz

Francis Ngannou is DESTROYING Tyson Fury WOW 🥊#NgannouVsFury #NgannouFury

— Sam (@sambladeco) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @sambladeco


— Quez (@QuezIsGodly) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @QuezIsGodly

Deontay Wilder after watching Francis Ngannou knocks down Tyson Fury: pic.twitter.com/M6qeQaKA5b

— ibou (@teamibou23) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @teamibou23

Dad tell me about the time Francis Ngannou kicked Tyson Fury’s ass and the judges rigged the scorecard: pic.twitter.com/gEz4mLq4Pj

— Jambo Gambles (@JamboGambles) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @JamboGambles

Tyson fury whenever he is asked “How did you win against Francis Ngannou?” pic.twitter.com/mKosEMN3fj

— K2wontmiss (@K2Nvrmiss) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @K2Nvrmiss

Francis Ngannou got robbed, he dominated Tyson Fury the whole fight. They actually rigged it like the Ksi vs Tommy Fury fight #FuryvsNgannou #BattleOfTheBaddest #RiyadhSeasonpic.twitter.com/q012gLHWeA

— 17 (@DxBruyneSZN) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @DxBruyneSZN

Did we just witnessed the biggest robbery in boxing history?. How did Tyson Fury win this fight, Francis Ngannou ❤️


— Høj (@HojlundPR) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @HojlundPR

Francis Ngannou after the judges robbed him and gave Tyson Fury the win pic.twitter.com/Qy9voGA89d

— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) October 28, 2023
Twitter: @LakeShowYo

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