“Ready to lock in with him,” Shakur Stevenson warns MMA fighters to stay in their lane asserting to dominate Sean O’Malley in ring

After Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury boxing bout, Shakur Stevenson cherry picked new opponent in Sean O'Malley for crossover aspirations.

“Ready to lock in with him,” Shakur Stevenson warns MMA fighters to stay in their lane asserting to dominate Sean O’Malley in ring

Sean O'Malley called out by Shakur Stevenson (Source: IMAGO/TMZ)

Tyson Fury narrowly defeated Francis Ngannou through a split decision in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. It was a match that many considered would be uphill for the clear underdog Ngannou. Some MMA fighters including Sean O’Malley have become confident about their chances after witnessing Ngannou perform inside the ring. However, Shakur Stevenson starkly warned MMA fighters to stay in their sport.

Speaking on the TMZ Sports TV show with Babcock, Stevenson stated:

I say if they feel that way, give it a try. I think that you got some MMA guys that want to come get in the ring with somebody like me, I would love the opportunity to beat up an MMA guy and show them that there's real levels to it. What's that dude's name, Sean ...? Tell him we can get it in. I'm ready to lock in with him. If he wants to come try his hand, I'll beat the s**t out of him.

“Suga” Sean O’Malley is the UFC’s bantamweight champion. Redirecting a challenge to O’Malley, Stevenson said that he would beat him for sure. O’Malley won his title in a bout against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. Suga has great striking skills and wanted to test himself against the best boxers. O’Malley has called out Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney. Shakur is also a big name that O’Malley would consider.

Stevenson, on the other hand, previously dominated in two weight categories as a world champion. From 2019 to 2020, he held the WBO featherweight title while holding the WBO super featherweight title from 2021 to 2022. He also earned the coveted WBC and The Ring super featherweight titles in 2022. Early on this year, he also became the unified junior lightweight champion.

Sean O’Malley retorts back at Shakur Stevenson

The 10-round boxing bout between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury has instilled new hope among sports combatants. Fury, the lineal WBC heavyweight champion, was knocked down in the fight. In the Fury somehow won the decision. This has encouraged many fighters to take up new chances, specifically of a cross-culture origin: Boxing vs. MMA. This kind of crossover match is not a new trend. Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather was a notable one.

Sean O'Malley with his historic punch against Aljamain Sterling
Sean O’Malley with his historic punch against Aljamain Sterling (Source: Twitter)

Stevenson recently called out to Sean O’Malley. The latter wasted no time as he took to social media. He implicitly called out Stevenson. O’Malley also mocked other boxers as well. O’Malley said that boxers were insecure in the presence of real alpha fighters. This showed shade to the long warranted squabble that boxing is not a real combative sport, per se.

Stevenson has said Fury was at a bad place for the night, and MMA fighters should stay in their designated lanes. O’Malley said despite being dropped, Fury won overall. Somehow, Shakur and Suga agreed about one thing. O’Malley is contracted with the UFC. However, CEO Dana White has demonstrated his willingness to organize significant crossover fights. If O’Malley becomes a megastar, he could fight in a crossover boxing bout.

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