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Francis Ngannou reacts to Deontay Wilder's loss against Joseph Parker after targeting the Bronze Bomber for mixed rules fight: 'Licking my lips after watching this fight'

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Francis Ngannou enjoyed Deontay Wilder‘s loss to Joseph Parker on Saturday night after recently targeting the Bronze Bomber as a potential future opponent. 

The New Zealander claimed victory over Wilder during the Day of Reckoning co-main event via unanimous decision, with judges scoring it 120-108, 118-11 and 118-110.

It was an underwhelming performance from the American, who rarely came close to threatening his opponent. 

And Wilder’s lackluster bout caught the attention of Ngannou, whose confidence levels likely took a boost watching the loss. 

‘Licking my lips after watching this fight,’ the former UFC champion posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, during the fight in Saud Arabia. 

Francis Ngannou (pictured) enjoyed Deontay Wilder 's loss to Joseph Parker on Saturday night

Francis Ngannou (pictured) enjoyed Deontay Wilder ‘s loss to Joseph Parker on Saturday night

The American lost via unanimous decision ,with judges scoring it 120-108, 118-11 and 118-110

The American lost via unanimous decision ,with judges scoring it 120-108, 118-11 and 118-110

Ngannou, who previously named Wilder as a potential opponent, reacted to the loss on X

Ngannou, who previously named Wilder as a potential opponent, reacted to the loss on X 

Ngannou recently confirmed that ‘discussions’ were ongoing with Wilder’s camp over a potential mixed rules fight that could take place inside the octagon.

Rumors had also suggested this week that Wilder had signed a two-fight contract to fight Anthony Joshua, who beat Otto Wallin Saturday night, next year. 

However, following his unanimous defeat to Parker, Wilder appeared to suggest that he could retire from professional boxing. 

‘We’ll see what happens. ‘We still have a little bit left, but I did a great job managing my money,’ he told DAZN Sports after the fight. 

Meanwhile, Ngannou – who lost to Tyson Fury via split decision – also identified Joshua for a mixed rules fight. 

Speaking about his ambitions to take on Joshua, Ngannou told the Club Shay Shay podcast: ‘Anything that he wants. Ring or octagon. The good thing is I’m the one that can go everywhere comfortably. 

Wilder has hinted that he could retire from professional boxing following his defeat by Parker

Wilder has hinted that he could retire from professional boxing following his defeat by Parker

Ngannou floored heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury on his professional boxing debut

Ngannou floored heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury on his professional boxing debut

‘My comfort zone will be the octagon, but I’m going to the ring and putting them in a bad spot in the ring.’  

‘I have my territory [in MMA] where they cannot mess with me. If they come, they will need something like some favour, like, ‘I’ll give you this, we’ll take kicks out.

‘I have to give him something, but when we step in the ring, they don’t give me anything and I still get them in trouble,’ he added. 

The call for Joshua to cross over into Ngannou’s more familiar octagon is unexpected to happen.