Francis Ngannou has “earned” a attainable rematch with Tyson Fury, says Prime Rank’s Todd DuBoef.
Some of the gorgeous moments of 2023 got here when Ngannou, unheralded as a boxer, dropped Fury.
Ngannou, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was having his first skilled boxing contest in a 10-round non-title bout with Fury.
Fury, nonetheless the WBC champion, in the end rose from the shock knockdown and received a cut up choice in a combat that was far nearer than it was initially anticipated to be.
DuBoef, president of Prime Rank, which co-promotes Fury, believes Ngannou now has a powerful case for a future rematch.
“That is an earned capability to get the rematch. He earned that,” DuBoef advised Sky Sports activities.
“His efficiency dictated that [people think:] ‘Woah, he has an opportunity. We by no means thought he had an opportunity’ and in that scenario I believe completely.
“I believe Tyson is regretful. He blamed himself. He thought he had an off night time. He mentioned: ‘I took it flippantly. It was all on me.’ Did not level fingers, which was good.
“Ngannou outperformed anyone’s expectation and on account of that you’ve all of the elements to say, hey, I need to see this once more and that creates and warrants a rematch.”
That, whether it is to be made, should wait. Fury will meet IBF, WBO and WBO heavyweight titlist Oleksandr Usyk within the undisputed championship combat on February 17.
That rivalry may lengthen throughout two fights, though DuBoef recommended: “I am not an enormous rematch fan. I simply suppose that it form of takes the prize out of the prizefight.
“It [the use of rematch clauses] is a brand new phenomenon that is come within the final in all probability decade and a half. So I am not an enormous rematch fan however it’s a must to perceive that there are rematch clauses in fights and it is extra of the norm immediately.”
However on benefit Fury vs Usyk may nicely deserve a rematch.
“I believe it is a particular second in February after we get all of the heavyweight titles collectively,” DuBoef mentioned.
“I believe that we’re speaking about two world class heavyweights that may hopefully placed on an unimaginable efficiency and if it is that good of a combat then it warrants a rematch. It should not be one thing that must be dictated previous to seeing what the primary combat is.
“Let’s hope that they placed on such a fantastic combat that it warrants a rematch.”