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Tyson Fury Survives Knockdown, Beats Francis Ngannou By Split Decision (Video)

Tyson Fury was supposed to run through Francis Ngannou…

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Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou fight

Tyson Fury was supposed to run through Francis Ngannou. Instead, he had one of his hardest fights in a long time.

Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion, narrowly defeated Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight titleholder, via split decision (94-95, 96-93, 95-94) in a 10-round professional boxing match Saturday evening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Fury’s heavyweight title wasn’t on the line in the highly anticipated crossover bout.

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“That definitely wasn’t in the script,” Fury said of the close fight.

“Francis is a hell of a fighter. Strong, big puncher, and a lot better of a boxer than we all thought he would ever be.

“He gave me probably one of my toughest fights in the last 10 years,” Fury added.

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The story of the fight is Ngannou drastically exceeding expectations in his pro boxing debut.

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He scored the lone knockdown of the match, shocking Fury with a left hook in the third round.

Watch video below:

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