“A rematch with Aljamain would get some attention, but I just finished him in two rounds and non-controversially,” O’Malley started. “I know fans want to see me fight Cory Sandhagen, but he’s injured. Merab Dvalishvili is probably the most deserving guy but it’s not just about that in this sport. He’s boring. And then there’s Chito [Marlon Vera]. It’s the biggest fight to make in the division.”
One of the major benefits of being the champion is calling the shots. O’Malley knows he sits at the top, and although it’s a great feeling, he’s not going to let that get to his head too much.
“This high, this position, doesn’t last forever,” O’Malley said. “In 10 years, hopefully what I’ve done leaves an awesome legacy, but I try not to let the wins get me too high on life. I’ve learned that through experiences I’ve gone through, and that helps me stay grounded and in the moment.”