Ever since O’Malley won the UFC Bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292, he has focused on securing a boxing fight. He called out Gervonta Davis immediately after the Sterling win when a rematch or a bout with Marlon Vera seemed more likely.
O’Malley eventually settled on the Vera rematch since ‘Chito’ is the only fighter to have given him a loss. But talks over a Tank Davis, Devin Haney and Garcia fight continued. The UFC fighter admitted Garcia was the most likely name, given the PPV potential and the UFC’s willingness to allow it to happen.
“I feel like I’m going to box someday, I know that. Those guys [Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis] aren’t pay-per-view guys, they don’t really sell. They said that Ryan Garcia is like, if any of them were to be a fight, he would be the one that had the most potential for me, as far as just a big pay-per-view. The UFC said ‘If it makes us money, we’ll do it,” O’Malley said
Garcia has now responded by ruling the fight out. It is understandable since Garcia is focused on securing a world title since teaming up with Derrick James. He was on course to face Rolando Romero for his WBA 140-pound belt before the fight broke down, as a Haney fight may now occur. Since O’Malley doesn’t offer a title shot, Garcia saw no reason to take the fight.
Ryan Garcia responded to a hater about fighting Sean O’Malley 👀😬 pic.twitter.com/HTukDMPwSV
— Happy Punch (@HappyPunch) February 6, 2024
Sean O’Malley would destroy Garcia in a real fight. In just boxing Ryan Garcia would destroy O’Malley.
— DirtyDeep (@DirtyDeep89) February 6, 2024
I'd like to see it for the sheer fact of it basically being speed versus accuracy, O'Malley being a superb counter puncher and Garcia possessing world class speed. Obviously, Garcia has the clear advantage strictly boxing, but O'Malley ain't no slouch with them hands.
— Errotic Cross (@Errotic_Cross) February 6, 2024
— BD LAMRON (@7GDKOTF) February 6, 2024