Sean O'Malley reflects on his first loss to Marlon Vera: "Look where I'm at now"

Sean O'Malley explains how the loss against Marlon Vera made him a better fighter.

by Aryan Lakhani
Sean O'Malley reflects on his first loss to Marlon Vera: "Look where I'm at now"
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Sean O'Malley is one night away from his first title defence; O'Malley's hard-earned belt will be on the line. The entire world is waiting to see if Marlon Vera has what it takes to repeat history. In the recent press conference, Sean O'Malley expressed nothing but sheer confidence and determination.

He has treated his first-ever career defeat as a bitter but important lesson from which he learned a lot. Tomorrow night, he looks forward to showing the corrections made after these many years. Both fighters will be facing each other almost after 4 long years.

In less than 48 hours, one will rise, and one will fall.

Sean O'Malley on losing to Marlon Vera in the first match

During the recent press conference, Sean O'Malley explained how the loss shaped him as a better fighter and highlighted Marlon Vera's strengths as a fighter.

"Yeah, that fight never necessarily bothered me," O'Malley said, as quoted by "Look where I'm at now. That fight plays out a different way, I win that fight, and then next fight I fight somebody I wasn't ready for, and I lose, and my career completely plays out differently.

So I go out there and knock out Thomas Almeida like seven times with a beautiful performance, so I'm just grateful for everything that's happened, but yeah, that fight has never really bothered me. I'm excited to go out there and do what I was going to do in that first fight."

Sean O'Malley on Marlon Vera's strengths

"His durability, He's hard to put away.

If you can't put him away, you better be ready to go for 25 minutes, so I plan on a 25-minute war. If he were to beat me, he'd beat me once, it's that simple".