Deontay Wilder was in attendance eventually evening’s PFL occasion, there primarily to debate the continued chance of a combat between himself and MMA star Francis Ngannou. And Wilder, who has been stated to be “the strong frontrunner to combat Ngannou,” says he’s completely critical when he says he’s prepared to have two fights with the previous MMA heavyweight champion – fight-one within the ring, fight-two within the cage.
Ngannou, as followers know, has for a while been speaking about his dream of testing himself within the boxing ring towards a giant identify, and now it appears Wilder might be that large identify. And Wilder says he desires to make it truthful by crossing over to Ngannou’s sport after Ngannou has crossed over into his.
“I considered this many instances,” Wilder stated as he started talking with the broadcasters of final evening’s PFL occasion. “Even with Ngannou, we had been speaking about getting collectively. You all the time see the MMA guys crossing over, however you by no means see the boxers crossing over, so I stated I’m prepared to make it extra attention-grabbing for the followers and simply the entire fight household as a complete. I stated why don’t you come to my yard, and after we deal with enterprise, I can come to yours and crossover and I actually imply it.”
Wilder, final seen blasting out Robert Helenius in a spherical in October of final yr, added how individuals “might be very impressed on what I can do in my skills to be right here,” suggesting he strongly believes has what it takes to make a profitable swap to MMA, if just for one combat.
When Wilder says we by no means see boxers crossing over, that’s not strictly true, as Ray Mercer and, extra lately, James Toney every engaged in an MMA combat (Mercer blowing away Tim Sylvia, Toney being simply crushed by Randy Couture). Nonetheless, Wilder would simply be the most important identify boxer to make the crossover. If it truly occurs there’ll absolutely be large fan curiosity.
Wilder would in fact be a giant favorite to win a boxing match with Ngannou, whereas Ngannou can be a hefty favorite to get his revenge over Wilder in a cage combat.
“I’m prepared to go within the octagon in addition to the unique plans, however , the followers need to see it,” Wilder stated. “I need to be part of it. So let’s give them what they need to see.”
Wilder Vs. Ngannou within the ring, adopted by Wilder Vs. Ngannou within the cage. Don’t try to inform me you wouldn’t tune in, to each fights!