Ryan Garcia Eyes Crossover Fight With UFC Champion After Bout With Devin Haney for WBC Title

Ryan Garcia Eyes Crossover Fight With UFC Champion After Bout With Devin Haney for WBC Title

Byron Pillay
April 18, 2024 at 3:05 PM
  • Ryan Garcia will face Devin Haney for the WBC Super Lightweight title on Saturday, April 20
  • KingRy wants to face the UFC Bantamweight champion Sean O'Malley in a crossover fight
  • Gervonta Davis handed Garcia his first loss last year, and the American wants to avenge it

MMA athletes testing themselves in a boxing ring has become a common sight, but the reverse is less so.

American boxer Ryan Garcia wants to change that, as he aims to step into the cage and take on a UFC fighter.

Ryan Garcia wants to battle a UFC champion in a cage after taking on Devin Haney.
Professional boxer Ryan Garcia aims to have a crossover bout in a cage with UFC Bantamweight champion Suga Sean O'Malley. Image: Sam Hodde.
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But KingRy doesn’t want to take on just any fighter; he wants to fight UFC Bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley.

Suga Sean is one of the organisation's most recognisable and entertaining champions, and he only suffered one defeat in his professional career.

DAZN reported that Garcia, a former WBC interim lightweight champion, believes he can defeat the champ inside the cage.

"I also wanna do Sean O'Malley as a crossover MMA thing. That would break UFC PPV records.
"It is gonna be in the cage. There's no other way I would do it other than me in the cage going against Sean O'Malley and ripping off his head,” Garcia confidently stated.

Garcia to challenge Haney for WBC title

Before Garcia can even think about any crossover fights, he must get past Devin Haney.

The two will meet on April 20 for the WBC Super Lightweight title, and there is no shortage of animosity between them.

The two recently faced off ahead of their bout, with things getting so heated that Haney put his hands on Garcia’s face and shoved him away.

Garcia wants Tank rematch

It’s not just O’Malley and Haney that KingRy has his sights set on.

The American also wants a rematch with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis once he is done with Haney.

Tank and KingRy met in 2023, with Davis winning thanks to a brutal body shot in the seventh round, The Guardian reported.

Garcia blames information leak for first loss

Sports Brief reported how Garcia was still coming to terms with his first professional boxing loss.

KingRy was beaten by Gervonta 'Tank' Davis in the seventh round after getting hit with a body shot.

After the defeat, Garcia suggested that someone in his camp leaked information to Tank’s team.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.