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Ngannou: ‘I need Deontay Wilder’s identify on my file’

Francis Ngannou says a matchup between the two fighters considered to be the hardest-hitters in their respective combat sports remains a distinct possibility.  Ngannou, 37, takes on his second professional boxing bout in March when he faces off against the former two-time world champion Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia — a fight that was originally

Ngannou: ‘I need Deontay Wilder’s identify on my file’

Francis Ngannou says a matchup between the 2 fighters thought-about to be the hardest-hitters of their respective fight sports activities stays a definite chance. 

Ngannou, 37, takes on his second skilled boxing bout in March when he faces off in opposition to the previous two-time world champion Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia — a battle that was initially supposed to place Joshua in opposition to Deontay Wilder, earlier than the latter was surprisingly defeated by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in December.

However regardless of placing a spanner within the works of that individual bout Ngannou, the previous UFC heavyweight champion, has stated that he would welcome the chance to conflict with Wilder as soon as he has completed his enterprise with Joshua and probably Tyson Fury.

“I’m right here for the boxing profession and there I’ve a variety of challenges, a variety of names. For instance, the highest three guys that I’ve at all times had are Fury, Joshua and Wilder,” Ngannou stated in a latest interview with Sky Sports.

“Wilder higher get it collectively as a result of I’m not completed, I need that identify on my file,” Ngannou added.

Wilder, who’s 38, has now misplaced three of his previous 4 bouts — twice to Fury and as soon as to Parker — after having launched into a formidable 42-0-1 streak earlier than that. It’s usually stated, notably within the heavyweight ranks, that energy is the very last thing to depart an ageing fighter, and Wilder’s energy is indeniable having ended 42 of his 43 wins by knockout.

Wilder stays a beautiful possibility for Ngannou, it stays to be seen the place — or during which sport — the theoretical bout may happen.

“Two months in the past, we have been speaking about preventing Deontay Wilder within the PFL [Professional Fighters League]. The panorama can change fast. Every part is feasible,” Ngannou stated.

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And whereas Ngannou stays dedicated to competing in MMA within the PFL, proper now he has completely different motivations: “It’s a boxing profession, it’s not an MMA profession now. We’re right here speaking about my boxing profession.

He added: “In my MMA profession, I received to the purpose that’s everybody’s dream. I used to be MMA champion. There are some nice fights to do in MMA however there’s not a brand new problem, one thing thrilling in MMA.”

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