Carl Froch has described Tyson Fury‘s controversial win over Francis Ngannou in Riyadh as ‘corruption at the highest level’ and insisted the judges’ decision was influenced by the Gypsy King’s upcoming fight against Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury took on the former UFC star in Riyadh in one of the most eagerly-anticipated bouts of the year, but only narrowly won the fight by split decision via a score of 94-95, 96-93, 95-94.
Making his professional boxing debut, Ngannou floored Fury in the third round and nearly pulled off a dramatic upset in Saudi Arabia.
The judges’ verdict was widely panned and Froch believes the Cameroonian was the clear winner.
‘Tyson Fury got beat. That was a bad decision,’ the former middleweight world champion said on his YouTube channel.
Tyson Fury controversially beat Francis Ngannou by split decision on Saturday night
Carl Froch described Fury’s win as ‘corruption of the highest level’ on his YouTube channel
‘I’m not going to say it was a blatant robbery. A lot of the rounds were close, but for me, Francis Ngannou won that fight.’
Despite having never fought as a boxer before, Ngannou made life far more uncomfortable for Fury in Riyadh than the undefeated world heavyweight champion expected.
And Froch suggested the Gypsy King’s highly-awaited unification fight with Usyk in December may have been at the back of the judges’ minds on Saturday night.
Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion, is scheduled to fight the Ukrainian, who holds the three other world titles, in Saudi Arabia on December 23.
‘Tyson Fury against Oleksandr Usyk is the fight we should be getting, and that’s the reason I think Ngannou didn’t get the nod last night,’ Froch said.
‘For me, it’s corruption at the highest level.
‘They’ve gone out to Saudi Arabia and all that money is on the line. Everything is geared towards the fight with Fury and Usyk and Ngannou gets in there and puts a proper spanner in the works.
‘He [Ngannou] gave Tyson Fury a bit of a beating, dropped him, made him look stupid, and he’s a novice professional.’
Despite having never fought as a boxer before, Ngannou made life difficult for Fury
The former UFC star dropped Fury to the canvas in the third round with a shot to the head
Fury’s performance against Ngannou and the fact he was dropped by the Cameroonian cast doubts over his upcoming undisputed fight against Usyk.
The WBC world champion did little to dispel doubts the fight on December 23 may be postponed.
‘We’ll put the biggest fight of our generation on,’ he said on Sunday.
‘The fight of the century for the undisputed [heavyweight] championships of the world. See you all sometime next year.
Speaking on Sunday, promoter Frank Warren also suggested the fight may take place at some point next year.
‘We were going to do it on 23 December. I doubt that will happen now,’ he told BBC 5Live Boxing podcast,
‘Tyson can’t be going into a camp after a tough fight like that. That’s eight weeks away.
‘He needs at least a bit of time to get himself, his body, back into shape. Let it heal. Then get into a camp. It will be on early next year.’
Usyk, however, insisted the fight will go ahead as planned.
Fury is scheduled to fight Oleksandr Usyk (right) on December 23, but has hinted the undisputed bout may be postponed
‘We have a contract that says the fight has to take place on 23 December. Let Fury vacate his title first, then he can take his rest,’ he told Boxing King Media.
Froch was skeptical about Fury’s prospect of fighting Usyk.
‘What does Tyson Fury do now? Is he going to fight Usyk now on the 23rd of December? I don’t see how he’s going to go now on the back of that loss.
‘I don’t think Tyson Fury is going to fight Usyk on the 23rd of December. I think he’s going to want some more time.’