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Sean O’Malley targets Gervonta Davis boxing match: ‘That fight is going to happen’

Sean O’Malley just won his first UFC title. And now he wants a shot at another champion – in boxing.

“Sugar” scored a spectacular second-round knockout of Aljamain Sterling to capture the bantamweight title in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 292 card in Boston. He now sits atop one of MMA’s deepest divisions, with past rival Marlon Vera seemingly up next, as well as top challengers Cory Sandhagen, Merab Dvalishvili and Umar Nurmagomedov waiting in the wings.

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When the prospect of rematching Vera was brought up, O’Malley begrudgingly expressed interest in the fight, but noted that he’d rather cross over into the world of boxing to face the undefeated Gervonta Davis.

Sean Omalley - Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia
Sean Omalley – Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia

“I thought I’d shoot a promo, but we’ll see,” O’Malley said at the UFC 292 post-fight press conference. “Just the way [Vera] acts, he’s so annoying. He’s not funny, he tries to be. He’s so ugly. He dresses like an idiot. It’s like, ‘God, do I really have to give this guy an opportunity?’ I’ll probably just go out there and whoop his ass, make a lot of money, so I could. So that could be it.

“I also wouldn’t mind knocking out Gervonta Davis, and I know people are going to go, ‘Ooh, you’re a wannabe Conor.’ I’m telling you, that fight is going to happen.”

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O’Malley and Vera previously fought three years ago at UFC 252. Vera won via TKO in the first round with ground strikes, though O’Malley has disputed the victory, blaming it on a leg injury that he suffered during the fight. On Saturday, Vera outpointed Pedro Munhoz to keep his spot in the contenders circle.

Gervonta Davis

Should O’Malley instead manage to set up an MMA vs. boxing clash with Davis, he would follow in the footsteps of Conor McGregor, who competed in a massive boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017.

“I feel like it could happen sooner than later,” O’Malley said. “But I also know, OK, UFC is down to get behind stuff like that if it’s big enough. With that performance, we’re getting close, but maybe I have to go out there, win a couple more fights, win another belt, I don’t know if he’s even considered a big enough star for the UFC to let that happen. It’ll happen.

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“I said [winning the UFC title] was going to happen years ago, and I got so much s*** saying I was going to be the champ, I’m going to be the next big star, I’m going to be this, I’m going to be that. I got so much hate and s*** for it, but look at me now.”

Shawn Porter, Gervonta Davis AND Crawford

Davis is coming off of his own marquee matchup, a clash with Ryan Garcia this past April. “Tank” dominated his fellow undefeated fighter before putting Garcia away in the seventh round. He is 29-0 in boxing, with 27 of those wins ending inside the distance.

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It’s a challenge that O’Malley craves, and he feels he would be the A-side of the pairing.

“I don’t really follow boxing, but I’ve heard of Gervonta Davis,” O’Malley said. “I think he’s undefeated. I want to have crazy, massive fights. That s*** gets me excited. I love that stuff. There’s no stars in the bantamweight division. Gervonta, you can consider him almost a star, and that’s what gets me excited. Me vs. Gervonta would be f****** massive.”

“I Am Not Making Nowhere Near That”: Sean O’Malley Admits Feeling “Jealous” Towards Ryan Garcia’s $30,000,000 Payday for His Fight Against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Despite Being One of the Top Earners in the UFC

They say that human desire knows no bounds and UFC star Sean O’Malley proved that yet again. Being one of the top currently-active stars in the promotions, O’Malley has been earning a handsome amount for his octagon outings. However, he recently revealed some striking sentiments when talking about the payday of Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia.

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The bout between Davis and Garcia was one of the biggest boxing fights in recent history. With more than $1 million in PPV buys, both the boxers earned a fortune. Recently, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed that Garcia made $30 million despite losing the fight. Reacting to this, O’Malley had some surprising things to say.

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Sean O’Malley admits to being jealous of Ryan Garcia’s earnings

Sean O’Malley couldn’t hide his surprise, admitting that the figure did seem exorbitant. Moreover, he recalled Gervonta Davis’ recent photo flaunting $9 million in cash, leading him to question whether such massive paydays were indeed possible. Further, O’Malley acknowledged the stark contrast between boxing and UFC earnings, expressing envy at the potential earnings for a single boxing match compared to his own UFC purses.

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“It does seem like too much. I know Gervonta recently posted a picture holding $9 million cash. I don’t know, it could be! That would be insane if they are getting that big of a percentage of the PPV then maybe”, ‘Sugar’ said. “The PPV supposedly did good. I’d be jealous. I’d be like ‘Goddamn! I am not making anywhere near that!”, he added.

However, he also remained skeptical, recognizing that numbers could be manipulated to create headlines. “But yeah, boxing is just different than UFC. But I’d be curious to know if that is true or not. Because you can say anything”, O’Malley said.

DAVIS AND RYAN

Sean O’Malley’s impressive paydays in the UFC!

While $30 million are a level beyond O’Malley’s current earnings, the UFC bantamweight has been making good making according to the UFC standards. The 28-year-old has been one of UFC’s top earners recently, having made more than $1 million in fight purses.

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According to MMASalaries.com, O’Malley earned a whopping $356,000 for his win against Petr Yan at UFC 280. This is not it, as the upcoming bantamweight title challenger has earned 6 figures in 7 out of his 9 UFC matches. His very first earning from a UFC PPV was $97,500 at UFC 222.

Moreover, his biggest payday might be in front of him, as Sean O’Malley faces Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292 for the bantamweight title! How do you think that fight plays out? Let us know in the comments below.