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WBC president: Francis Ngannou will be ranked as Top 10 boxer after epic Tyson Fury near upset

BOXING-KSA-FURY-NAGNNOU Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images

Francis Ngannou made a gigantic splash in just his first-ever professional boxing match.

Indeed, Ngannou shocked the boxing world at “The Battle of the Baddest” last night (Sat., Oct. 28, 2023) inside Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, dropping a razor-close split decision to WBC Heavyweight boxing champion, Tyson Fury (watch highlights).

Even though Ngannou lost to Fury, he gained a ridiculous amount of respect from the boxing community, and according to Ngannou’s coach, Dewey Cooper, he will be a Top 10-seeded boxer as soon as the new rankings are released.

“Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the WBC, said he’s going to rank him in the Top 10 because he’s better than most of the Heavyweights in the Top 10,” Cooper told MMAJunkie.com after the fight. “He said that in the ring.”

Being a winless (0-1) Top 10-ranked boxer on the heels of an epic debut is mind-blowing, but with Ngannou’s impressive performance against the undefeated “The Gypsy King” (34-0-1) it is more than warranted.

According to Boxing Scene, here are the current Top 10 World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings:

  1. Deontay Wilder
  2. Anthony Joshua
  3. Arslanbek Makhmudov
  4. Frank Sanchez
  5. Andy Ruiz
  6. Jared Anderso
  7. Efe Ajagba
  8. Dillian Whyte
  9. Martin Bakole
  10. Joseph Parker

Ngannou, 37, might have come up short in his boxing debut, but he turned heads and ultimately announced himself as a real boxer. He plans to return to mixed martial arts (MMA), but will continue to pursue boxing.

Sooner rather than later, apparently.

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For complete Fury vs. Ngannou results, coverage and highlights click HERE.

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