Ryan Garcia has advised Sean O’Malley to steer clear of Gervonta Davis after recently sharing the ring with the heavy-handed American.
‘Suga’ dropped and stopped Aljamain Sterling to become the UFC bantamweight champion at UFC 292 on Saturday night then suggested a huge crossover fight at some point in the future.
During a brief post-fight interview with Joe Rogan in the octagon, he appeared intent on avenging his lone career loss by fighting Marlon Vera at UFC 296 in December.
However, by the time he got to his post-fight press conference, O’Malley had turned his attention to a potential crossover bout with Davis.
“I also wouldn’t mind knocking out Gervonta Davis,” he said.
“I know people are going to go, ‘Ah, you want to be Conor [McGregor].’
“I’m telling you, that fight is going to happen.”
The 29-0 boxing superstar is yet to respond to O’Malley’s callout, but his last opponent was quick to advise the new UFC champion to steer avoid Floyd Mayweather’s protégé.
Garcia was unable to recover when ‘Tank’ hit him with a brutal body shot in the seventh round of their highly anticipated clash at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in April.
The 25-year-old believes O’Malley would suffer the same fate against Davis.
“SUGA Sean you are good and all. But stop talking about this I’m going to box stuff You’ll just get knocked out,” Garcia tweeted on Sunday.
O’Malley cheekily replied: “Like you did or different?”
Garcia, who hasn’t fought since his lone career loss, then suggested he would happily give O’Malley his first taste of elite-level boxing.
“Boxing and MMA are two different sports and if you need a reminder let me know I’ll gladly do a tune up for my return fight,” he wrote.
O’Malley hasn’t boxed professionally since making his squared circle debut seven years ago.
On that occasion, he picked up a first-round TKO win over David Courtney, who had a 1-2 record at the time but retired with three victories and nine defeats in 2018.
It’s currently unclear if UFC president Dana White would sanction another crossover fight after previously allowing McGregor to box Mayweather in one of the most successful pay-per-view events of all time.