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Tugstsogt Nyambayar News
The WBC World Featherweight Champion wins an intense 12-round decision over a tough Nyambayar in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
A high-level, high-stakes battle goes down Saturday night as Gary Russell Jr. defends his world featherweight title versus the dangerous Tugstsogt Nyambayar live on SHOWTIME.
The undefeated 126-pounder is considered one of the sport’s best-kept secrets. His fortunes could change overnight if he can defeat respected WBC World Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
Tugstsogt Nyambayar Fights
LOSS vs Gary Russell Jr. 31-1-0
Feb 08, 2020 • PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Gary Russell Jr. WINS against Tugstsogt Nyambayar by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Claudio Marrero 24-4-0
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Oscar Escandon 26-5-0
May 26, 2018 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Oscar Escandon by KO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Harmonito Dela Torre
Nov 19, 2017 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Harmonito Dela Torre by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jhon Gemino 15-7-1
Feb 25, 2017 • Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Jhon Gemino by TKO in Round 10 of 10
Win vs German Meraz 55-39-1
Dec 08, 2016 • Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against German Meraz by RTD in Round 0 of 8
Win vs Rafael Vazquez 16-3-0
Jul 15, 2016 • Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Rafael Vazquez by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Juan Ruiz 24-20-0
May 05, 2016 • Irvine, California, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Juan Ruiz by RTD in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Pedro Melo 11-11-2
Dec 03, 2015 • The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Pedro Melo by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Arturo Badillo 21-7-0
Aug 27, 2015 • The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Arturo Badillo by RTD in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Manuel Rubalcava 2-12-0
Apr 18, 2015 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Manuel Rubalcava by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Gabriel Braxton 2-8-0
Mar 13, 2015 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Gabriel Braxton by KO in Round 1 of 4
Tugstsogt Nyambayar Bio
After earning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, Mongolia native Tugstsogt Nyambayar is poised for a rapid ascent in the 126-pound division in his search for a world title.
From Sandbags To Boxing Gloves
Tugstsogt Nyambayar fell in love with The Sweet Science as a six-year-old hitting sandbags and working the mitts with his grandfather.
“I wanted to be a boxer ever since I was a kid. I started watching all of the fights,” said Nyambayar “I have all of the tools. I bring all kinds of angles and I’m a pressure fighter. I can adjust to any kind of fight.”
Nicknamed “King Tug,” Nyambayar went 140-10 as an amateur. In 2009, he earned a silver medal in the world amateur championships as well as a bronze in the Asian championships. Nyambayar also earned a gold medal in the 2010 World University Games and then won an Olympic silver medal for Mongolia in the 2012 Olympics before leaving behind a family that included a young son and moving to Los Angeles in 2014.
Although he has idolized and been compared to eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, Nyambayar remains his country’s best hope to become its second-ever world champion since Lakva Sim earned the WBA’s 135-pound title via fifth-round TKO of Miguel Callist, his third straight stoppage victory coming in April 2004.
“I’ve watched Lakva Sim’s fights several times. People want me to be like him. I think he’s a hero, and not just famous as a professional boxer. I’m a big hope for a world title for Mongolia, so I would like to become a world champion and bring a title back to Mongolia,” said Nyambayar.
“If I am able to bring a title back to Mongolia, that would be huge. That would be bigger than the medals I have won. So I think the Mongolian people will be happy and there will be a major celebration -- one of the biggest celebrations you could ever think of since there has been only one Mongolian champion, I want to become the best ever.”
At weights between 121 ¼ and 123 ¾ pounds, Nyambayar stopped his first four professional opponents in 2015; first-round knockouts of Gabriel Braxton (March) and Manuel Rubalcava (April), a third-round stoppage of Arturo Badilla (August) and one in the second round over Pedro Melo (December).
“I won a world amateur silver medal at the age of 17,” said Nyambayar. “Then I won an Olympic silver medal when I was 20. No one else [from Mongolia] has done that.”
STEPPING IT UP
Nyambayar went 5-0 (4 KOs) over the course of 2016 and 2017. In May 2016, he stopped Juan Ruiz in four rounds. That was followed by a first-round TKO of Rafael Vazquez in July. Nyambayar closed out the year with a five round technical decision over German Meraz in December.
On February 25, 2017, Nyambayar kicked off the new year with a four knockdown, 10-round TKO over Jhon Gemeno. He would fight once more in 2017, a November eight-round unanimous decision over then-undefeated Harmonito Dela Torre in November.
On May 26, 2018, Nyambayar took on ex-champion Oscar Escandon at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Facing the toughest opponent of his career to date, Nyambayar delivered, dropping Escandon five times and stopping him in three rounds.
“Escandon was a good, tough fighter,” said Nyambayar. “But I wanted to make a statement showing the world that I’m ready to fight for a world title next against anybody at 126.”
In January 2019, Nyambayar, now 10-0 (9 KOs), took on another former champion in Claudio Marrero. The bout was a 126-pound eliminator for the right to face WBC champion Gary Russell Jr.
Nyambayar went the 12-round distance for the first time in his career, registering the finest win of his career via unanimous decision (116-111, 115-112, 114-113). But on February 8, 2020, Nyambayar suffered the first loss of his pro career, a unanimous decision defeat to champion Russell.
“It wasn’t my night [against Russell.] He was the man tonight. I didn’t do my work the way I was supposed to. I made a mistake by waiting for him during the fight.”
Nyambayar returns on September 19, 2020 versus the rising Eduardo Ramirez (23-2-3, 10 KOs).
“This will be my third straight fight against a left-handed opponent, I expect a much better performance,” said Nyambayar.
“I just want to be a great champion and a role model for the younger generation. I sacrificed so much to be here. I want to be the next Mongolian to become a world champion.”