- Tyson Fury beat Francis Ngannou via a split decision on Saturday in Saudi Arabia
- Despite his defeat, Ngannou can take plenty of pride from his performance
- LISTEN: Exclusive Tyson Fury interview on THE HOOK – our new boxing podcast
The Gypsy King took on the former MMA star in Riyadh in one of the most eagerly-anticipated bouts of the year on Saturday.
Fury narrowly won the fight by split decision via a score of 94-95, 96-93, 95-94, but Ngannou left with much credit after a fine display in his first ever professional boxing fight.
And Tyson – who helped to train the former MMA star for the fight – bit back at a reporter in the aftermath of the result being declared.
Tyson was asked: ‘Mike, how did you score that (fight)?’
Mike Tyson hilariously reacted to the result of Francis Ngannou’s fight against Tyson Fury
After a captivating battle, Fury won by virtue of a split decision but Ngannou impressed
The former heavyweight great then moved his head towards the camera as he retorted: ‘How did you score it?’
The reporter then replied: ‘I thought Francis won?,’ before Tyson added: ‘You’re right.’
He was then questioned on whether Ngannou had been robbed by the result, but Tyson was magnanimous as he said: ‘No, it wasn’t a robbery. But everyone knows the outcome.’
Speaking after the fight, Ngannou – who received praise from Fury for his performance – was satisfied despite defeat.
He said: ‘I’m feeling great, I’m feeling fantastic. I’m really happy. I might be wounded but I’m not beaten today – I can bite. I’m just a fighter and I’m ready to fight anytime soon.
When asked how he scored the fight, Tyson bit back at the reporter with the same question
The legendary boxer helped to train Ngannou for the fight in what was his first boxing bout
‘We can run it back again and I’m sure I’m going to get better. This was my first boxing match, great experience. There’s no excuse, I know I came up short.
‘But I’m going to go back and work harder with a little bit experience this time, a little more feeling of the game and I’ll come back stronger.
‘At first I was a little nervous about this new sport that I never did. Now I know I can do this s***.
‘Get ready because a wolf is in the house! I’m going to bite some s***.’