Ryan Garcia Says He Would Beat Sean O’Malley In The Octagon

Ryan Garcia has backed himself to beat Sean O’Malley in the Octagon after recently calling out the UFC Bantamweight Champion. 

Garcia is preparing to face Devin Haney in his next fight on April 20 for the chance to win the WBC Junior Welterweight Title. O’Malley also has a title fight against Marlon Vera at UFC 299 as he defends his UFC Bantamweight Title.

A win secures Garcia’s first world title, while O’Malley can avenge the only loss on his record. But looking ahead, Garcia is focused on being the first male boxer to crossover to MMA and win. He talked up his chances, saying he has good wrestling fundamentals, giving him a chance of getting the win. 

“I’ll beat his a** in MMA guaranteed. I’m a natural, you don’t understand. I’m a natural wrestler. I just beat my security that’s a wrestler, I beat him. I’m strong and I’ve got crazy conditioning. That’s already been done. I know I’m going to knock him out in boxing, that’s not even fair.

“What is fair is to test myself in MMA because I know if I put my mind to it and I trained every day, and I had Nate [Diaz] helping me, even Alex Pereira, all of them, and I really locked in, he will not beat me. “I will come with everything I have and I will destroy Sean O’Malley. In the UFC,” Garcia said 

Several male boxers have spoken about their desire to crossover into MMA. Deontay Wilder talked up his chances of beating Francis Ngannou, while Tyson Fury did the same before choosing to box him instead. James Toney was the last male boxer who attempted to win an MMA fight in 2010. He took on Randy Couture at UFC 118, losing via a first-round submission, after getting taken down in the opening seconds of the fight.

De La Hoya Vs White

Oscar De La Hoya was also open to fighting Dana White in a boxing match on a Garcia-O’Malley card. De La Hoya and White have butted heads in the past, leaving question marks over their relationship. They first exchanged verbals when De La Hoya was against a Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight. The Golden Boy promoter called it a disrespect to boxing, leaving White unhappy. 

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“YOU #MayweatherVsMcgregor BOTH OF YOU ARE DISRESPECTING THE SPORT OF BOXING,” De La Hoya said 

“WTF. Is this guy snorting coke and drinking booze again,” White replied 

But in order to push through a Garcia-O’Malley fight, De La Hoya was ready to do his bit.

“Maybe, I can do Dana on the co-main. No, we’re cool but it’s all good. I haven’t even talked to the guy. Like I’m good, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go at it. No, I never [met him]. Does he live in Vegas? I live in Vegas, and I’m going to do some big things in Vegas now,” De La Hoya stated

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