Deontay Wilder’s plan of shifting to mixed martial arts is serious, and the former WBC heavyweight champ wants Francis Ngannou in his debut in the cage.
I’m thinking about doing both, UFC and boxing: Deontay Wilder
After the two back to back losses against Tyson Fury, “Bronze Bomber” has returned to winning ways with a vicious first round knockout of Robert Helenius in October last year. What followed was conversations of facing Andy Ruiz Jr, as well as Anthony Joshua. However, none of those fight talks really made any progress and Wilder had been left without any potential opponent for more than a year.
However, that was until Wilder found out who he needs to face next and that is none other than Francis Ngannou- the former UFC heavyweight champ who is fresh off his spectacular boxing debut against Tyson Fury. Even though he lost to Fury via split decision, Ngannou’s performance in the ring, as well as the third round knockdown of Fury, has earned him loads of accolades.
There already had been talks of Wilder vs. Ngannou in the cage earlier this year and now after the Fury fight, Ngannou has once again confirmed that an MMA fight against Wilder is in the works.
On the same notion, Wilder has confirmed it.
“People don’t know me and Francis was supposed to fight first,” Wilder told Blue Blood Sports TV about fighting Ngannou. “Certain things came up, all I can say is it’s business. That fight took place, which is cool because Francis has made a name for himself… I’m thinking about doing both, UFC and boxing. I’ll be a dangerous man in the UFC with those four-ounce gloves, I broke the hitting machine with those four-ounce gloves.”
“That was some real stuff. I think it’s the competitive side of me, wanting to do both. Get in there, and just show the ability of what I can do. I don’t think there’s nothing cooler than being a champion in both [sports],” he added. [H/T BJPenn.com]