Wilder Open To A ‘Mixed Rules’ Fight With Ngannou

Deontay Wilder wants a fight with Francis Ngannou under a format of ‘mixed rules’.

The American is preparing to take on Joseph Parker on December 23rd, 2023, with a win setting up a potential Anthony Joshua fight. Before the fight was made, Wilder and Ngannou had been in talks about a two-fight deal: one in boxing and the other in MMA. The former UFC heavyweight champion ended up boxing Tyson Fury in an impressive performance on his debut despite the split-decision loss. The performance linked Ngannou with a fight against Wilder and Joshua. The Bronze Bomber is now open to a compromise allowing a ‘mixed rules’ fight.

“I’d have to hear more about these ‘mixed rules.’ I wouldn’t mind fighting in the octagon and stuff, but I’d have to understand how these mixed rules are distributed. What do they mean ‘mixed rules?’ What can and can’t we do? But I know for sure – one fight in boxing and then one fight in MMA – the rules are what they are. We’ve got rules in boxing, we’ve got rules in mixed martial arts,” Wilder

The American’s immediate focus is the undisputed heavyweight championship. A win over Parker will likely set up the Joshua fight, which could be for a WBC title eliminator. A fight with Ngannou under mixed rules does nothing for Wilder’s legacy. There is a possibility that the American suffers a severe injury in a fight where Ngannou would not be restricted to his fists. That is why Ngannou does not see the fight playing out.

“We were thinking of mixed rules. Because honestly it’s going to be too hard for him if it’s not mixed rules. I have my territory [in MMA] where they cannot mess with me,” Ngannou said. “If they come, they will need something like some favor, like, ‘I’ll give you this, we’ll take kicks out.’ I have to give him something. But when we step in the ring, they don’t give me anything and I still get them in trouble,” Ngannou said 

 

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