WBC President Stands By Ngannou’s WBC Ranking

The President of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaiman, has doubled down on the decision to rank Francis Ngannou in the top ten. 

The former UFC heavyweight champion’s ranking emerged after his impressive performance against Tyson Fury. Ngannou lost out on a split decision but won many fans with his aggressive approach. He sent the WBC heavyweight champion to the canvas with a left hook in round three. Ngannou also took shots on the chin but continued to move forward as he lasted the distance. The win earned him a ranking, much to the delight of Sulaiman. 

“First of all it is based on the rules. The WBC rules for the ratings criteria has many parameters; record, activity, level of opposition and other matters including activity in amateur boxing, Olympic boxing or any other contact sport. We have ranked many fighters from Thailand who have had a successful Muay Thai or Thai boxing career and they enter into professional boxing. We have so many precedents. For Ngannou to enter the rankings, it’s supported by the rules,” Sulaiman stated 

But there are worries over how quickly Ngannou has been fast-tracked in the division. Ngannou’s sole fight against Fury, which did not include the WBC belt being on the line, has earned him the chance to secure mega fights. In a sport where a career can end with one punch, Ngannou has managed to skip the conventional route available to other fights. But Sulaiman stood it. 

It was amazing. He has a big chin, a huge chin, tremendous punching power and he was very clean. He boxed. There was a concern that he would get to the tactics of mixed martial arts. No, he did a tremendous fight. He’s humble and he’s hardworking. I’m very proud of the decision by the WBC,” Ngannou revealed

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