One judge scored the fight 95-94 in favor of Ngannou, who had knocked Fury down heavily in the third round.
Another judge had the same score but in Fury‘s favor, while the third official’s card showed a 96-93 margin for Fury, who is the WBC world heavyweight champion.
“Exactly why I don’t watch boxing! C’mon man!” LeBron posted on X along with a facepalm emoji.
The basketball star was one of many voices who questioned the judges’ decision, with many feeling Ngannou was the better boxer on the night.
The fight was far from a routine display of Fury‘s skills, as he struggled to keep up with Ngannou‘s determination.
Ngannou showcased his resilience and landed powerful punches, leaving Fury appearing ragged towards the end of the bout.
Fight against Usyk could be in doubt
Fury‘s left eye was badly swollen, and his highly anticipated bout for the undisputed world title against Oleksandr Usyk on December 23 may be in doubt due to his injuries.
Usyk, the IBF, WBA, and WBO champion, expressed his readiness to fight Fury as agreed, but Fury appeared less certain before eventually agreeing to face Usyk.