Former two division world champion Andre Ward is still in disbelief over what took place last month in Saudi Arabia.
In what was expected to be as complete mismatch, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury bagged a razor-close ten round split decision win over MMA veteran Francis Ngannou, who was making his professional debut.
The course of the fight completely changed when Ngannou dropped Fury with a hard left hand in the third round.
As the contest played out, it became a competitive encounter where Fury was having trouble with Ngannou's style.
Two judges had Fury winning, with tallies of 95-94 and 96-93. And the third had Ngannou winning with a scored of 95-94.
“Styles make fights, and we have to see, but after what he did with Fury, I’m not going to write him off anymore,” Ward said on The MMA Hour. “It’s a wait and see proposition for me at this point.”
Ward admits that he wasn't watching the fight, because he anticipated a one-sided encounter - but quickly tuned in after being advised by others that Fury got dropped and appeared to be behind on the cards.
“I didn’t see that at all,” Ward said. “I’m typically right on, or somewhere in the ballpark, and I was at a gym and I didn’t give him a shot in the first two or three rounds. I’m looking at everybody, and I’m like, ‘Fury is gonna carry him. He’s going to give the people in Saudi their money’s worth and then he’s going to step it up and finish him midway through the fight, [round] six, seven, somewhere around there.’
“I get on the Stairmaster, I’m doing my 20-30 minutes, but I’m looking over and I’m like, I don’t see anybody reacting. The fight is not over. So I yell over, I’m like, ‘The fight is still going?’ And the look on their face — they look, they say, ‘Oh yeah, it’s going and Fury may be losing.’ I’m like, ‘No.’ I get off the Stairmaster, right after that he gets dropped. I just couldn’t believe it, and it was a legitimate knockdown. I don’t know what to make of it.
“I got to give him his credit. He deserves every bit of what he is getting. I know he’s going to have another big fight or two. He said he made more money in that fight than he did in his whole UFC career. That’s what it’s about, especially as you start getting older. I don’t have the words. I don’t know how that happened.”