“Sugar” Sean O'Malley destroyed Aljamain Sterling with a devastating second-round stoppage win Saturday night in Boston to win the UFC bantamweight title while headlining UFC 292.

During his post-fight press conference, the colorful character called for a crossover clash against one of boxing’s best knockout artists. 

“I wouldn’t mind knocking out Gervonta Davis and I know people are going to say ‘I wanna be like Conor [McGregor].’ I’m telling you that fight is going to happen,” said O'Malley.

"I would love to [crossover to boxing]. He's f------ this tall, dude. I would love to go out there and box him ... I've never seen him in person ... I feel like it could happen sooner than later but I also know that UFC is down to get behind stuff like that if it's big enough and with that performance I think we're getting close. But maybe I have to go out there and win a couple more fights, win another belt. I don't even know if he's considered a big enough star for the UFC to let that happen. But it'll happen.”

Although O'Malley (17-1, 12 KOs, 4 Decisions, 1 Submission) is in the prime of his career, the 28-year-old is pulling a page from his MMA peers and looking to land a highly lucrative boxing match. 

Earlier this month, Nate Diaz challenged Jake Paul to a boxing match. The MMA legend lost a unanimous decision to the YouTuber-turned-boxer. In October, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will make his boxing debut against WBC heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury. 

After catching wind of O'Malley's overture, Ryan Garcia chimed in and wrote on social media, “Suga Sean you are good and all but stop talking about this ‘I’m going to box stuff.’ You’ll just get knocked out.”

O'Malley quipped back “Like you did or different?”

Garcia, who got knocked out by Davis in April, said, “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.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist, writer, and broadcast reporter. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the MMA Journalists Association. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, through email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com, or via www.ManoukAkopyan.com.