O’Malley engaged in a war of words with unbeaten lightweight boxing champion Haney, most recently seemingly agreeing to fight him. Haney is set to challenge Regis Prograis for the WBC super lightweight title on December 9.
O’Malley has shown interest in boxing Gervonta Davis, who knocked out Ryan Garcia in April. However, after exchanging words with Haney on social media, O’Malley stated that the UFC does not support the idea.
“With Devin Haney, I’m not trying to throw shade or anything, but I have never watched him box a single fight,” said O’Malley on his “TimboSugarShow” podcast. “I only recently became aware of him.”
“I talked to the UFC about a potential boxing fight someday, mentioning guys like Gervonta and someone called Shakur (Stevenson). The UFC said, ‘No one knows Devin Haney. There’s a 0 percent chance that will ever happen. He’s just not a star. No one knows him.’”
Francis Ngannou’s impressive performance in a closely contested loss to undefeated WBC champion Tyson Fury last Saturday in Saudi Arabia has altered the view of MMA fighters’ prospects against boxers in the ring. However, Shakur Stevenson recently told TMZ that MMA fighters should stick to their own sport, as he would easily defeat O’Malley.
“What’s that dude’s name? Sean? … Tell him we can get it in,” Stevenson said. “I’m ready to lock in with him. There are different levels to this. If he wants to give it a try, I’ll beat him up.”
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