Fury’s WBC heavyweight belt was not on the line.
One judge scored it 95-94 in favour of Ngannou, two gave it to Fury at 96-93 and 95-94.
Fury got a first taste of Ngannou’s power in round two, though, as a cut opened on the forehead of the Gypsy King when he ate a left hook.
Fury hit the canvas in round three when he was found behind the right ear with that same punch and, perhaps still feeling the impact of that shot, struggled to find his rhythm until the fifth round when he caught Ngannou with a straight one-two combination.
After a brief push back from Fury Ngannou again began to land some heavy punches in the latter rounds.
Ngannou boxed very smartly when he was able to close the distance, using his MMA skills to clinch and land shots to the body and head.
Fury’s face carried the damage as the final bell rang and Ngannou’s corner held his arms up high in the expectation that he was on the verge of pulling off the biggest shock in boxing.
But the scorecards controversially fell in the favour of the seasoned boxer, Fury.