Deontay Wilder is hoping to fight Francis Ngannou next time out.
After Ngannou – the UFC heavyweight champion – was released from the promotion, he hinted at taking a big boxing fight, and Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder both showed interest. Now, according to Wilder, the two sides are having a real discussion about a two-fight deal.
“It’s a real discussion,” Wilder said of a potential Ngannou fight in an interview with FightHubTV. “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.”
Deontay Wilder is coming off a KO win over Robert Helenius and although many thought he would face Andy Ruiz Jr., he hopes the Ngannou fight happens. Should he secure a two-fight deal with Ngannou, he believes going 2-0 could lead to a fourth fight with Fury.
“Of course. We’ll do it again, for sure. Stay tuned,” Wilder said about a fourth fight with Fury.
Yet, if the Fury fight doesn’t happen, Wilder is also open to boxing Anthony Joshua.
“All fighters are a possibility,” Wilder continued when asked of a potential fight with former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. “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.”
As of right now, no deal has been reached so there still is a chance Wilder-Ngannou doesn’t even happen.
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