In a recent interview, heavyweight boxer Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder discussed the possibility of a mixed rules bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis “The Predator” Ngannou.
When asked if a Ngannou event is part of his plans for 2024, Wilder responded, “That could be could be not. I got a busy 20 I got a busy 24 schedule, and we’ll see where how how everything’s unfold.”
He went on to explain, “I can’t really properly answer your question at this moment in time because of all the assignment. All the different things that’s going on at this moment in time.”
So while Wilder did not confirm the bout, he also did not rule it out. He made clear that he has a full schedule ahead of him, with an event against Joseph Parker this Saturday and a potential mega event against Anthony Joshua in the works for next year.
However, Wilder did leave the door open for a crossover rules bout, saying, “You know, the thing is where there’s a wheel, there’s a way. And I’m looking forward to all opportunities that comes my way. If there’s a way, an opportunity for it can fit in, then, hey, why not? You know? If not, then it’ll have to be on hold.”
A mixed rules event between two of the baddest men on the planet would undoubtedly capture the worlds attention. While conflicting schedules could make the bout difficult to organize in the near future, Wilder’s comments suggest he would be open to sharing the ring with Ngannou down the line if the timing and terms aligned.
The ball appears to be in the court of the promoters to try and make this epic showdown a reality. But Wilder made clear he has a busy schedule ahead, starting with a must-win event this weekend. If victorious, even bigger matchups lay ahead in 2024.