Sean O’Malley Reacts to Gervonta Davis’ Coach Claiming ‘Tank’ Would ‘Whoop His A** First Round’

O'Malley snapped back at the Davis fight camp during a recent episode of his podcast with coach Tim Welch

Sean O'Malley
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‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley didn’t take kindly to some recent comment made by Kenny Ellis, the coach of lightweight boxing world champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis

Even before O’Malley landed a perfectly timed counter right that planted Aljamain Sterling face-first on the canvas at UFC 292, ‘Sugar’ had spoken about a potential crossover clash with one of the best pugilists on the planet, Gervonta Davis. O’Malley’s dreams of taking on ‘Tank’ inside the squared circle were only intensified by his own world title-winning performance inside Boston’s iconic TD Garden on August 19. 

Sean O’Malley scored a highlight-reel-worthy knockout over Aljamain Sterling to capture the bantamweight championship, turning him from division standout to bonafide superstar. 

Following his victory, Sean O’Malley once again suggested that he and ‘Tank’ would share the ring someday, a comment that eventually made its way back to the Davis fight camp and his coach, Kenny Ellis. 

“Tank would whoop his ass, first round,” Ellis said in an interview with ES NEWS. “Sh*t, any top lightweight would beat him — Tank, Shakur, Haney, all them guys would beat him, [because] they’re boxers. All of them would knock him out. He’s not a boxer, he doesn’t have professional punches. He’s an MMA fighter, they don’t perfect punches like boxers.”


Sean O’Malley Delivers a Stern Response to Ellis’ Comments

It didn’t take long for Sean O’Malley to learn of the criticism lobbed his way from Davis’ coach and addressed said comments during a recent episode of the TimboSugarShow podcast alongside his longtime coach Tim Welch. 
“I don’t know how to f*cking punch, by the way if you guys didn’t know that,” O’Malley said. “I got a decent right hand, I got a pretty good left hand. Dude, I f*cking rocked Petr [Yan] with a left hand, dropped Petr with my right hand, then dropped Aljo [Aljamain Sterling] with my right hand. So, I can throw a punch or two.
“That fight’s gonna happen someday, I swear to f*cking God, dude. When I have these feelings, like these true deep feelings, like I’m gonna be world champ, I would tell anybody, look them in the eyes and tell them that ’cause I knew it was gonna happen. I have that same feeling about fighting Gervonta. Like, it’s gonna f*cking happen.”
Whether or not O’Malley’s prediction comes to fruition remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t be the first time the UFC has allowed one of its fighters to strap on the eight-ounce gloves for a cross-promotional contest. In 2017, Conor McGregor famously met boxing legend Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. 
Mayweather secured a 10th-round TKO over the former two-division UFC champion.
Recently, the UFC attempted to get into bed with WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, hoping to pit him against Jon Jones in a hybrid-rules fight. Instead, ‘The Gypsy King’ signed on the dotted line for a showdown with former UFC star Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia this October. 
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Published on August 29, 2023 at 5:36 pm
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