Reigning UFC heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones did not ignore the performance of former division champion, Francis Ngannou, who nearly sensationalized professional boxing this past weekend by giving a competitive fight to one of the best boxers of our time, Tyson Fury.
“I think he did great and I’m glad the fight was competitive,” the American wrote on social media. “This opens so many doors for all of us in the future.”
Last weekend, the Cameroonian heavyweight not only stood the entire ten-round distance against the Brit, but also sent him down in the third round and nearly dropped the reigning WBC world boxing champion again in the eighth three minutes, losing the fight by a controversial split decision.
Due to the fact that the fight turned out to be unexpectedly hard, the team of “Gypsy King” is trying to postpone the unification fight with Ukrainian Alexander Usik, which is scheduled for December 23 and should determine the absolute world champion in boxing in the heavyweight division.
As for Jon Jones, he tore a pectoral muscle last week and pulled out of his title fight against Stipe Miocic, scheduled for Nov. 11. Since the UFC champion, who underwent successful surgery, will be out of the octagon for at least eight months, the interim heavyweight title at UFC 295 in New York will be held by Russia’s Sergey Pavlovic and Britain’s Tom Aspinall.