There haven't been many Mongolian boxers to have made a name for themselves in the professional ranks. The standout Mongolian fighter was former world champion Lakva Sim whilst the next most notable were British based pair Choi Tseveenpurev and Shinny Bayaar.
We may be set to see all that change n the coming years after the news that former amateur standout Tugstsogt Nyambayaryn has just inked a professional deal with American based advisor Al Haymon. This is Nyambayaryn's second notable deal in recent weeks after having also acquired the services of American trainer Joe Goosen, as seen in the picture posted by Tugstsogt on his twitter account.
As an amateur Nyambayaryn burst on to the international scene in 2009 at the Asian Championships where he won a bronze medal fighting as a Light Flyweight. In that competition he was out pointed by Silver medal winner Nanao Singh of India in the Semi final, having previously beaten Birzhan Zhakipov in the quarter finals.
Also in 2009 the Mongolian earned a Silver medal at tge 2009 World Amateur Champions in Milan, where he came up short against Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo in the final. Prior to his loss in the final Nyambayaryn managed to beat home fighter Vicenzo Picardi as well as Russian sensation Misha Aloyan,
A little more recently Nyambayaryn won an Olympic Silver medal losing the 2012 Flyweight final to Cuban Robeisy Ramirez. Prior to losing in the final Nyambayaryn again saw off Misha Aloyan and Vincenzo Picardo.
Last year, at the Asian Games in Korea, Nyambayaryn was one of the favourites to claim gold in the 56KG division. Sadly however the Mongolian had his opportunity stolen from him in one of the worst decisions of the games. In the quarter finals of the competition Nyambayaryn seemed to clearly dominate Korean fighter Han Sang-Myeong, though some how the judges favoured Han. It was one of the many poor decisions at the competition though would likely have played a big part in what Nyambayaryn set his sights on turning professional.
From what we understand the Mongolian fighter will likely be fighting at Bantamweight or Super Bantamweight. He's also expected to be fast tracked with talk of fighting for a world title in his first 10 fights. A tricky ask at Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight or Featherweight right now.
For those who haven't seen him before we've included the controversial Han bout below.
Thanks to Massimo for bringing this story to our attention.