Deontay Wilder Makes Francis Ngannou A Two-Fight Offer For Boxing And MMA
Wilder willing to face Ngannou in MMA
Ex-heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has proposed a two-fight deal to former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, with one bout taking place in boxing and the other in mixed martial arts.
Wilder, who is 37 years of age, had his last fight in October, knocking out Robert Helenius in the opening round with his destructive right hand, thus recovering from his two consecutive defeats to Tyson Fury.
Meanwhile, Ngannou has not been in the ring since January 2022. At 36, he defended his UFC heavyweight title by defeating the previous interim champion Ciryl Gane.
However, he subsequently had to go through surgery due to the damage to his knee, and by being a free agent, he can explore further possibilities.
With that being said, Wilder spoke enthusiastically about the possibility of facing a knockout king in Ngannou. So much so that he even let on that he would be willing to train in MMA, just as Ngannou would have to do in boxing.
And the possibility of it happening may not be too far off, as Wilder had confirmed that he had held initial talks with UFC’s Dana White.
In an interview with Trill Boxing Talk, Wilder said: “When I met him at the Apex [UFC facility] in Vegas, we was talking about it during that time, and I’m still interested in that fight. I would love to go to Africa for that one. I would love to do that one in Africa.
“I even thought about this idea: Let’s make it a two-fight deal. Everybody always comes to boxing. Let’s do this: You come to my s***, I come to yours. You come to my house. I come to yours. A true tea party.”
The talk instantly generated a buzz with fans galore, with many excited at the mouthwatering prospect of this happening.
Social Media Reaction
Looks good – to see who has the heaviest punch
— Square& (@Square10273252) February 9, 2023
Perfect match up. Power vs power
— Vinoo🍷 (@ajervino) February 10, 2023
MAKE THIS FIGHT ASAP https://t.co/tewevoThJq
— Primitive_llama (@Primitive_llama) February 9, 2023