Tyson Furry


Tyson Fury did enough on the scorecards to defeat Francis Ngannou by split decision, but his disappointing performance, which included being knocked down in Round 3, forced our panelists to drop him four spots to No. 10 in the latest ESPN pound-for-pound rankings.

Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) fought Ngannou (0-1 in boxing) in a 10-round boxing match on Oct. 28 in Saudi Arabia, but his WBC world title wasn’t on the line. Fury’s scheduled fight against Oleksandr Usyk on Dec. 23, to unify all four major heavyweight titles, has since been pushed to February, due to small cuts suffered by Fury on his forehead and outside the left eye.

“Tyson Fury looked the worst he has looked in this recent championship run against a big strong novice in Francis Ngannou,” ESPN boxing commentator Joe Tessitore said about dropping Fury from his top-10 list. “I can not justify this version of Fury in the P4P list.”

Boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas agreed, saying that Fury’s lack of preparation and not being ready has to count, dropping him three spots to No. 8 on his list.

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“Although I chalk it up partly to Fury not being mentally prepared or aware of what he was facing, Ngannou being much better than he or anyone expected and an overall bad night for him, there were still technical flaws that were exposed through it all,” Atlas said. “And if I’m going to be fair and consistent in standing by a process to judge what we judge here then the performance has to matter and he has to at least drop some spots.”

Our panel of Mike Coppinger, Ben Baby, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Eric Raskin, Michelle Joy Phelps, Claudia Trejos, Bernardo Osuna, Eric Woodyard, Crystina Poncher, Bernardo Pilatti, Charles Moynihan, Salvador Rodriguez, Jim Zirolli, Michael Mascaro, Aladdin Freeman, Victor Lopez and Damian Delgado Averhof, shares its votes.