Deontay Wilder wants to box Francis Ngannou.
After Ngannou officially became a free agent, he said he wanted to box but would continue his MMA career. Ngannou ended up signing with PFL and has been in talks to box the top heavyweights but no deal has been made.
Although no boxing match has been made, Deontay Wilder and Francis Ngannou have expressed interest in boxing one another, and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ says he wants to make that boxing match a reality.
Wilder hopes to box Ngannou
“He knows what the deal is. Francis, you hear me? You know what’s up,” Wilder said to The Schmo. “I was at the PFL to enjoy some fighting, to shake hands with a couple of people, and to talk business as well. Francis is one of the names that definitely came up, and keeps coming up. So hopefully we can get something on the schedule in the near future that we can present to the people and make this fight become a reality.”
Deontay Wilder currently does not have his next fight booked and has been vocal about wanting to box Andy Ruiz Jr. or Francis Ngannou next time out. Whoever of the two he fights, it would be a big matchup but the Ngannou fight would no doubt be intriguing and Ngannou has spoken vocally about how much he wants that matchup.
“We were having conversations earlier this year before they came out with the potential fight in December,” Ngannou said in an interview with The Schmo. “So that’s why we’re going to hold that up, in order to finish his business in December, but we were serious about a two-fight deal… Whatever is possible. Whoever is ready. But we had a very advanced conversation with Deontay and his team.”
Wilder is coming off a first-round KO win over Robert Helenius back in October to return to the win column after losing back-to-back fights to Tyson Fury.