On the night of October 29, Tyson Fury won by a split decision against Francis Ngannou. Francis' efforts received recognition and a potential opponent in the form of Anthony Joshua. Here are the key comments on this:
American light welterweight boxer Ryan Garcia noted Francis Ngannou's boxing skills:
"All I have to say is Ngannou is my heavyweight world champion," wrote Garcia.
Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight world champion and nominal trainer of Ngannou, revealed who, in his opinion, won:
"I had Ngannou winning. It's not a robbery, but the result is known to everyone."
Former UFC champion Conor McGregor was impressed by the fight:
"A great shot landed on him (Fury - ed.) in the back of the head, taking him off balance. But yes, Tyson deserves credit; he's a tough guy with a strong chin. And, oh my, Ngannou is a powerful guy.
Tyson couldn't hurt him. He just couldn't land the right hand. A great fight, excellent. Boxing in this weight class is captivating, especially from ringside. It's an intense battle."
British promoter Eddie Hearn believes there won't be a fight with Usyk, and Ngannou won:
"The fight was pathetic, but Ngannou won. I can't believe we're even talking about it.
Let Joshua come out and finish Fury's career. Ngannou deserves a big fight. Or let Anthony come out and knock out Francis in 3 rounds. No problem.
Forget about Usyk - Fury; it doesn't interest anyone."
And Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, revealed when the fight with Usyk might happen:
"Tyson can't go to camp after such a tough fight; he'll have a week off. Fury needs some time to get his body in shape and give it a chance to recover before he returns to camp. So the fight with Usyk will be next year, in the early part of the year."