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Midnight Mania! Sean O’Malley inspired by Paul brothers, wants to train with them

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Sean O’Malley likely spends more of his time than the average fighter building his brand. “Suga” has done limited edition merchandise drops, dramatically dyes his hair differently for every fight, and hosts his own podcast. As a result, O’Malley has generated a pretty significant following at 1.5 million Instagram followers.

O’Malley’s interest in branding and promotion seems to be the reason he’s a fan of the Paul brothers and their forays into boxing. Speaking with The Schmo, O’Malley explained, “I love it. I’m inspired by them. When I got into the UFC, into fighting, I wanted to be an entertainer. That’s kind of like the title I wanted to be known. I want to be an entertainer. My form of entertainment is fighting. These guys are entertainers in their industries and they’re coming over and just entertaining in boxing. I love it. I’m a huge fan of Jake, (a) huge fan of Logan.”

In fact, O’Malley is more than a fan. Jake Paul is preparing for the biggest challenge yet of his young boxing career: a showdown with former UFC Welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley. “Suga” is not only pumped about the match up, but he wants to train with Paul and help him prepare.

“I’m very excited for that fight. I don’t watch boxing. I literally just don’t watch boxing. I’m not interested in it. It doesn’t excite me,” O’Malley said. “If a big fight coming up I don’t watch it. I watched Jake vs. Ben. I watched Logan vs. Floyd, and I’m going to watch Jake fight Tyron. I’m super excited for that fight stylistically. I think Jake can get the job done. I do. I like Tyron. I’m a huge fan of Tyron but, I’m boys with Jake. I actually might go out to Puerto Rico towards the end of his camp. Go out there and train with them a little bit, hang out. Good fight. I’m going to watch it, I’m excited.”

As for O’Malley, he’s set to battle with Louis Smolka at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021.

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