Earlier today unbeaten Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9) [Нямбаярын Тогсцогт] held a press conference in his native Mongolia, and spoke about his future plans, his glove deal and training in the US, among other things.
The key part of the press conference seemed to be that the Mongolian hopeful had been told to prepare for a bout on August 3rd, though the full details weren't revealed today.
Interestingly what was mentioned is that Nyambayar is hoping to face WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr (30-1, 18), in a bout ordered by the WBC. He did mention that there's a chance the champion won't face him, though he also added that the WBC aren't happy with Russell's inactivity, and from what was said it does appear that he will be pushing for the WBC to strip Russell if the American refuses to fight him.
In regards to gloves he stated that he had signed a 1 year contract with Venum, who are going to sell "King Tug" gloves. It seems like he is trusting Venum to have the gloves for him, after suffering an injury earlier in his career to his tendons which he blamed on having thin gloves.
At the moment preparations haven't began for his August bout, likely due to a lack of clarity in regards to opponent, but it's obvious that he and his team have not got their focus on a return in August and a potentially huge match for the WBC title.
Staying on the subject of training the fighter admitted it took a while to get used to training in the US, but he's now used to it, and is training 6 days a week, with 2 sessions a day lasting between 3 and 4 hours a session.
On what was a busy weekend for boxing there was a bout that looked like it could be something very special. That bout was the match up between Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9) [Нямбаярын Тогсцогт] and explosive Dominican fighter Claudio Marrero (23-2, 17). It was a bout that pitted two punchers against each other, both of whom have been down, and it had the potential to be a very explosive encounter.
Sadly it fell short of our lofty expectations. That's not to say it was a bad fight, it just failed to live up to the excitement we'd expected before hand.
The first round was close, though it wasn't long until Nyambayar started to get things going, and found himself landing his right hand with regularity, rocking Marrero in rounds 2 and 3. Not only was Nyambayar landing some big right hands up top, but also some solid body shots, likely looking to take away the speed of the Dominican.
Marrero began to try and change things up in round 4, but struggled to have success until late in the round. Although he struggled to have early success Marrero seemed to begin a little charge and clearly took round 5, his best round of the fight. He struggled to build on that good round immediately, with Nyamabar having a strong round 6, however rounds 7, 8 and 9 were very good ones for the Dominican, as Nyamabayar began to struggle with the movement, reach and speed of Marrero, who began to create space.
Marrero's momentum came to a half in round 10, as Nyambayar picked his pace back up, and the referee also deducted a point from Marrero for hitting on the break, something he had done through much of the fight. It was a hugely important round in the fight, and one that clearly had an impact in the end result, as well as the pattern of the fight, as it essentially killed marrero's momentum stone dead.
Round 11 saw Nyambayar starting the round well, but the action became messy as the the round went on, and Marrero could well have stolen it.
With both likely sensing the fight was close the final round saw Marrero start fast, and end up risking another deduction for again hitting on the break. Nyambayar would end up landing a huge right, and go for the finish, but Marrero saw off the attack and fired back before the two ended up playing up for the fans, taunting and teasing each other.
After 12 rounds it seemed a close, but clear win for Nyambayar, especially with the 10-8 round. The judges also saw it close, with scores of 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111 all in favour of the unbeaten Mongolian.
Whilst 114-113, a score that was clearly impacted by the deduction, felt too close, the other two cards seemed about right. It was a close, hotly contested out, but not the explosive fight we'd expected. Marrero boxed through out and tried to use his sneaky dark arts, whilst we'd hoped he'd come out brawling. He chose a tactic that gave him the best chance, but in the end Nyambayar's cleaner, harder, crisper punches were the difference.
With the win Nyamabayar books himself a WBC Featherweight world title fight, with this bout serving as a final eliminator.
Later today Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar (10-0, 9) [Нямбаярын Тогсцогт] will face explosive Dominican fighter Claudio Marrero (23-2, 17) in arguably the fight of the weekend.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the 126lb limit, with some room to spare. In fact both were 125.5lbs for the contest.
For the Mongolian it's lighter than he was last time out, when he stopped Oscar Escandon in 3 rounds, but is heavier than he was in the early stages of his career when he fought as a Super Bantamweight. Marrero on the other hand was one of the lightest weights of his career, though he had only varied between 125lbs and 128lbs so it's not like he's drained down to come in under the limit.
Despite both weighing in at the same weight the Mongolian did look the naturally bigger man. He was slightly taller but less ripped than the Dominican.
It should be noted that this bout is an IBO title fight and a WBC final eliminator, meaning the winner should find themselves with a major world title shot in the near future.
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This coming weekend Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar (10-0, 9) Нямбаярын Тогсцогт] will be taking on Dominican fighter Claudio Marrero (23-2, 17) in a potentially thrilling bout at Featherweight. The match up is one of the standout bouts of the month and looks likely to be an explosive war.
Interestingly the UK bookies have priced the bout up, and have made the unbeaten Mongolian the clear betting favourite. Nyambayar is best priced at 2/9, though UK book makers have priced as low as 1/7 to win the bout. Marrero on the other hand is best priced at 9/2 to win, with some pricing him, as low as 3/1 to win. The draw is widely available at 25/1.
As well as the "To win" market there is also the "method of victory" market. Here we see Nyambayar priced at 1/3 to win by stoppage and 13/2 to win by decision. Whilst Marrero is 13/2 to win by stoppage and 11/1 to win by decision.
Unsurprisingly the bout isn't expected to go the distance, with odds of 2/1 for it go over 9.5 rounds and 4/11 for the bout to not go over 9.5 rounds. There isn't a market available the contest to not go the distance, but the odds here on the length of bout do show that it's not a bout expected to reach the final bell.
We expect to see more markets open up closer to fight time, but it is interesting that Nyambayar is such a clear favourite for what is a huge step up in class.
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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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