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Tugstsogt Nyambayar News
The hard-hitting, rising Filipino star ends Russell's long reign to become the new WBC Featherweight World Champion Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.
Colbert's career arc continues upward as he overcomes a stiff challenge from Nyambayar to pull away down the stretch and retain his interim 130-pound world title Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.
With the victory, Lubin is now in line to face the winner of the Jermell Charlo-Jeison Rosario 154-pound blockbuster unification next Saturday, September 26, live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Tugstsogt Nyambayar Fights
Draw vs Sakaria Lukas 25-1-0
Jan 22, 2022 • Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Tugstsogt Nyambayar DRAWS with Sakaria Lukas by SD in Round 10 of 10
LOSS vs Chris Colbert 16-1-0
Jul 03, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Chris Colbert WINS against Tugstsogt Nyambayar by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Cobia Breedy 15-1-0
Sep 19, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Cobia Breedy by SD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Gary Russell Jr. 31-2-0
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 26-5-0
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 26-6-0
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 returned to the ring on September 19, 2020 versus Cobia Breedy. A much busier "King Tug" dropped the game Breedy once in the first, and again in the second to help him win a 12-round split decision.
“I knew it was a close fight, but I wasn’t thinking about the score,” said Nyambayar. “I was surprised it was a split decision, but I thought I did enough to get the win."
Unfortunately, Nayambayar suffered a setback in his next bout which took place on July 3, 2021 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Taking a fight against the ultra talented Chris Colbert on short notice, and moving up a division, Nyambayar fell short, losing a 12-round unanimous decision.
On January 22, 2022 Nyambayar and Namibia's Sakaria Lukas (25-1-1, 17 KOs) fought to a spirited split-decision draw after 10 rounds of super featherweight action.