Carl Froch has strongly advised Deontay Wilder to avoid one fight that has been mooted for the American suggesting that it is a ‘recipe for disaster.’
Wilder has been out of the ring for over a year. He last fought against Robert Helenius and secured one of his signature and devastating one-punch knockouts in the first round.
That fight itself came just over a year after his previous fight, which was the third of a trilogy with Tyson Fury dating back to 2018. Wilder drew the first and was knocked out in the other two fights which saw him lose and fail to regain his WBC belt against ‘The Gypsy King’.
In the midst of the trilogy, Wilder secured knockout wins over Luis Ortiz and Dominic Breazeale and since his last outing, he has been in discussions with both Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr, though nothing has materialised.
He now looks set to face former WBO world champion Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia on December 23 on the same card that Joshua fights former Fury foe Otto Wallin.
Wilder said to Blue Bloods TV recently that ‘I’m thinking about doing both, UFC and boxing. To keep the activity alive and keep it going. I’ll be a dangerous man in the UFC, bro. With those four-ounce gloves? I broke the f***ing hitting bag machine with those four-ounce gloves on. That was some real stuff.’
In light of that, Carl Froch has come out to say that the move is a ‘recipe for disaster.’
“He needs to concentrate on getting AJ in the ring. That’s a massive fight, but I’d advise him against facing Ngannou in the cage. That’s a recipe for disaster. He wants to stay well clear of Ngannou.
He’s got long, skinny chicken legs and as soon as he takes a kick to the knee or the shin he’s going to be bang in trouble, so unless he’s got some jiu jitsu background, I’d say absolutely avoid that. It’s a different discipline. I’d tell him to stay well clear of it. He’s designed for throwing long heavy punches not rolling around on the floor having a grapple, I think he’d get snapped in half.”