Deontay Wilder recently revealed while in Saudi Arabia that he has had conversations with Francis Ngannou’s team about a potential two-fight deal, which would take place in Saudi Arabia. The two fighters are considered among the hardest punchers in the combat sports world, with Wilder holding a 43-2-1 record and Ngannou holding a 17-3 record in mixed martial arts.
In an interview with FighthubTV, Wilder expressed his excitement about the potential matchup, saying, “It’s a real discussion. We’re trying to do a two-fight deal. One maybe here and the other one in Africa. So that’ll be the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali.”
Wilder previously stated in an interview with 78sportsTV that he would fight the Cameroonian fighter in the ring and in the octagon, with the first fight being a boxing match and the second fight being an MMA fight. This is an interesting proposition, as Wilder has no experience in MMA and Ngannou has no professional boxing experience.
The proposed fight has generated a lot of buzz in the combat sports world, with many fans and analysts debating who would come out on top in a matchup between two of the most devastating punchers in combat sports. Wilder is known for his powerful right hand, which has helped him score 41 knockouts in his professional boxing career, while Ngannou’s punching power has earned him a reputation as one of the most feared heavyweights in the UFC.
While nothing has been finalized yet, Wilder’s comments indicate that he is serious about making the fight happen. If the fight does take place, it would be a huge event for combat sports, with two of the biggest punchers in the world facing off in what would be a highly anticipated matchup.
When asked about opponents in the boxing realm such as Fury and Joshua the bronze bomber said he wants all the top heavyweights. “All fighters are a possibility,
“Ain’t nobody out, we’re having discussions with everybody, all the fighters, especially fighters at the top. Everybody in discussion so I want fighters to know that.
“Unfortunately, the business of boxing is what it is. And sometimes it gets slow but when it gets moving, it gets to moving. And right now, it’s just a process of getting things in order, locations, dates, and opponents, and getting everything together. So that takes time but know that no fighter is safe.”
Wilder is currently ranked #1 in the WBC heavyweight rankings, it’s a possibility he may Andy Ruiz to be in line to face his former foe Tyson Fury who holds the WBC belt. However, Wilder’s comments about a potential matchup with Ngannou indicate that he is open to exploring other options and is looking to take on the biggest challenges in combat sports.