Claressa Shields Reacts to Possible Mixed Rule Fight Between Deontay Wilder and Francis Ngannou Set for 2024 in PFL

Published 12/11/2023, 2:10 AM EST

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Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury went toe-to-toe in an electrifying bout that resulted in one of the most shocking results for boxing fans. Even though going into the fight, Ngannou was considered the underdog, he displayed a remarkable performance and even knocked Fury down. Considering, the fact that he had no prior boxing experience, his growth showed his talent for the fight game.

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Soon the talks of a potential bout between Deontay Wilder and Ngannou started surfacing leaving the fans in anticipation for the match-up. Recently an interesting update about the fight was shared on social media, leading to Claressa Shields sharing her reactions on the upcoming match-up.

Claressa Shields shares her thoughts about Francis Ngannou vs Deontay Wilder

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In a surprising turn of events, MMA powerhouse Francis Ngannou is reportedly considering a mixed-rules match against former WBC champion Deontay Wilder, adding an intriguing twist to the heavyweight scene.  As the two might face one another in the 2024 PFL bout, this update will certainly affect the outcome of the bout considering the difference in repertoire of the two fighters.

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However, undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields thinks that the fight will be a beneficial one for the sport. She recently took to Instagram to share her reaction to the news. She wrote, “Ayyyyyye! We know how this gonna go, But it’s good for combat sports!”. Furthermore, she added, “@claressashields was first to do this!”, pointing towards her previous venture into the world of MMA.

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PFL founder on future prospects for the former UFC champion

In a surprising turn of events, Francis Ngannou showcased his prowess in the boxing ring against Tyson Fury, earning respect despite a narrow loss. PFL founder Donn Davis shared his full support towards whatever decision Ngannou makes for himself.

Davis explained, “From the very beginning, why Francis and the PFL got our deal done in two days, is we wanted the best thing for Francis Ngannou” He highlighted the importance of being good partners in business, echoing the sentiment of helping each other succeed.

Ngannou, initially set for a PFL debut in 2024, is now considering his options after a close bout with Fury. Davis hinted at a potential mixed-rules fight, offering an alternative to pure MMA or boxing. He pointed out that there is no credible fighter for Ngannou in MMA other than Jon Jones. He further stated that Wilder vs Ngannou might be on the cards.

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“I think Francis does Deontay Wilder, and I think it is a wild fight,” Davis concluded.

As Wilder gears up for his upcoming fight against Joseph Parker, fight enthusiasts eagerly await the unfolding of events, with the hope that  Wilder and Ngannou will eventually lock horns in a monumental clash in 2024.

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