Back in September we reported that Mongolian sources were reporting that talks were under-way to organise a bout between Tugstsogt Nyambayar (10-0, 9) pНямбаярын Тогсцогт] and Dominican fighter Claudio Marrero (23-2, 17).
Those talks hinged on Nyambayar healing up from an injury, which meant the two wouldn't fight in 2018, but were likely to face off in early 2019.
It now appears the bout is signed and sealed with both Dominican and Mongolian sites reporting the bout is now set for January 26th Barclay Center in New York.
The bout will be Nyambayar's first bout since May of this year, when he stopped Oscar Escandon in 3 rounds, and is a notable step up in class for the Mongolian prospect. Although stepping up he and his team do seem confident, and there is real belief that Nyambayar could be fast tracked to a world title fight in the very near future, though of course he will have to get past Marrero.
The Dominican fighter is 29 year old southpaw with explosive power, as he showed last time out when he stopped Jorge Lara. Although he's heavy handed, and a former WBA interim world champion, he has been stopped himself, by Jesus M Rojas, and does look to be a clear step behind the top fighters in the division. A win for him however will push him back into the title mix.
This bout is a really interesting one, and the winner will certainly be on the verge of of a major world title fight later in the year.
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Back in May we saw Mongolian prospect Tugstsogt Nyambayar (10-0, 9) pНямбаярын Тогсцогт] continue his impressive unbeaten start as he stopped Occar Escandon in 3 rounds. Despite the swift win the rising Mongolian suffered an injury to his right hand, that has yet to fully heal.
Despite the injury Nyambayar is looking towards the future and is already doing light training and road work whilst looking towards the next bout of his career.
Mongolian sources have informed us that there are serious talks for Nyambayar's return to the ring to be a scheduled 12 round contest against explosive Dominican fighter Claudio Marrero (23-2, 17). The two teams are said to be very interested in making the bout, but the key stumbling block at the moment is the aforementioned injury that Nyambayar is suffering from, which will put the bout on ice, until he's fit and healthy.
Marrero is a former WBA "interm" Featherweight champion who lost that title in September 2017, suffering a 7th round KO loss to Jesus M Rojas, but recently bounced back with a surprising 33 second win over the previously unbeaten Jorge Lara. That win saw Marrero jump into the world rankings, a bout between him and Nyambayar would be a WBC world title eliminator at Featherweight, given that both men are top 10 ranked by the Mexican based organisation.
We expect to hear a lot more about this bout, as soon as Nyambayar's hand has fully healed.
This coming weekend we'll get the chance to see Mongolian prospect Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-0, 8) take a big step up in class, as he takes on former WBA "interim" Super Bantamweight and WBC "interim" Featherweight champion Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17). The bout will be the Mongolian's first against a fighter with world level experience and a chance to announce himself as a contender, rather than "just" a highly touted prospect.
The Mongolian has been touted as being his countries biggest hope of a world title since Lakva Sim lost the WBA Lightweight title to Juan Diaz back in 2004 and has been guided in an aggressive manner, being matched against a good mix of fighters, including the teak tough Jhon Gemino and the then unbeaten Harmonito Dela Torre. Given that level of competition, and his status as a former amateur standout there is little doubt that Nyambayar is a star in the making, and even the book makers are seeing this a coming out party for Nyambayar with the Mongolian best priced at 1/5 to win the bout and continue his unbeaten run.
Those who favour the experience of Escandon may be interested to not that many book makers have him at 4/1 though he has been best priced at a huge 79/17, with the draw available at 25/1.
The bout also has an over/under, with the line set at over or under 8.5 rounds. The over has been priced at 4/6 whilst the under is 11/10.
Although no method of victory market is available it does seem to suggest that Nyambayar is expected to stop the 33 year old Colombian, who was last seen in the the ring just over a year ago, being stopped by Gary Russell Jr in 7 rounds
Last night on a PBC show it was revealed that Mongolian prospect Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-0, 8) would be returning to the ring on May 26th, as he takes on former WBA "interim" Super Bantamweight and WBC "interim" Featherweight champion Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17) in a bout set to be televised on Fox Sports 1 in the US.
The former Amateur stand out from Mongolia has had a promising yet frustrating professional career so far. He's been slowed in his development by injuries but has been horribly inactive for other reasons, including reasons related to management. The inactivity has seen Nyambayar fighting just 9 times since his March 2015 debut, and only have 35 career rounds under his belt. Thankfully he has done really well given that inactivty, and has impressed with notable wins against German Meraz, Jhon Gemino and Hermonito Dela Torre. Those wins have seen expectations grow for the Mongolian, but he has been out of the ring since November 2017, and fought only twice last year with the bouts 9 months apart!
Escandon is a 33 year old Colombian who has been a professional for close to 10 years. He has had some mixed results, losing 3 of his last 6, but holds notable wins over Robinson Castellanos, Julian Evaristo Aristule and Tyson Cave, though the win over Cave was very controversial. At his best he is a skilled fighter witha good engine and good power, but losses to Nehomar Cermeno, Moises Flores and most recently Gary Russell Jr will have destroyed his confidence and he has only scored 1 win since the start of 2015!
This is a step up for Nyambayar but one that he should manage to make as he looks to progress to a world title fight. Interestingly the Mongolian comes into this fight as the #10 ranked WBC Super Bantamweight whilst Escandon is ranked #5 by the same organisation at Featherweight and the winner will surely shoot up towards a world title fight, potentially by the end of this year.
Late last night attention from boxing fans turned to the US where PBC put on their latest show, shared over Fox and Fox Sports 1. The part of the card featured 3 memorable and exciting bouts, with a two world title contests and a memorable heavyweight slug fest between Dominic Breazeale and Izuagbe Ugonoh. Following the main card the action then turned to Fox Sports where fight fans had the chance to see American based Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8) [Нямбаярын Төгсцогт] record his latest win, stopping tough Filipino foe Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7) in the 10th round.
The bout, which had been put together on short notice, was a relatively over-looked bout with many fans merely looking at Gemino's record and immediately thinking he was a tomato can. Instead the Filipino came to fight and was giving Nyambayar some genuine issues in the early rounds, with some classy combinations and a real desire showing througfh. Despite that desire it was clear that the Mongolian was the more skilled and the bigger puncher and by the end of the opening round Gemino had eaten some amazingly crisp counter shots.
The Filipino refused to show Nyambayar any respect and was made to pay at times, with Nyambayar dropping him in round 3 and then almost breaking him in half in round 4 with a sickening body shot. Although the Mongolian was hurting Gemino regularly the Filipino refused to quit and always tried to fight back, even after being dropped twice in round 6.
By the end of round 8 it seemed like the key question was whether or not Gemino's toughness would be too much for Nyambayar to actually break through. That question was eventually answered in round as Nyambayar showed a whole new gear and intensity, dropping Gemino early in the round and actively hunting a stoppage, which came when the referee eventually saved the Filipino just over a minute into the round.
Although the bout wasn't on the main PBC show it was a clear show case from Nyambayar, who seemed to fight well within himself, clocking up such much needed ring time, trying new things and then turning on the after burners late to stop Gemino. Despite being stopped Gemino himself came out with a much enhanced reputation and will likely be seen as a very viable gatekeeper for other top Super Bantamweights in the years to come.
Whilst it might be slightly too early for Nyambayar to get a world title fight it's certainly not something too far off for the Mongolian who has now proven he has stamina, as well as skills and power.
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