This past Saturday we had a fair bit of action, with Showtime and ESPN running shows at the same time. Whilst neither show provided a Fight of he Year contender the best of the fights was a hotly contested WBC Featherweight world title eliminator between Tugstsogt Nyambayar (12-1, 9) and Cobia Breedy (15-1, 5). The bout was regarded as a mismatch by the bookies, but turned into a really, really good fight. We had drama, heart, desire, and moments of genius.
The bout won't be mentioned in the end of year awards shortlists, and it shouldn't be, but it was still a very a solid fight well worthy of a watch. For those that missed it, and for those who watched it and care about our opinions, we have decided to share some of our take aways from the bout.
1-Nyambayar needs to show more intensity
We need to begin this with the obvious, Tugstsogt Nyambayar is missing that fire needed to really shine. The Mongolian is talented, heavy handed, tough, has under-rated hand speed, a solid jab and is technically very, very good. He does however lack intensity in the ring and he repeatedly falls to sleep during bouts. It wasn't just this one but seems to be a regular habit of his. When we see him throw combinations he looks sensational, he's got smooth offensive work and looks amazing. But far, far too often he looks for he looks for the perfect shot, and doesn't go for the kill. We saw it a lot here, especially in round 2 following the second knockdown. He could have made this easy for himself, but instead he turned off and let Breedy into the bout.
2-We want to see more of Cobia Breedy
Cobia Breedy came into the bout as an unknown, he was expected to get stopped and after being dropped in the first two rounds it looked like the bout was a foregone conclusion. Following that however he looked great, was ultra competitive and did enough to lose a close decision and earn another big fight. This was a massive step up for him and he legitimately impressed us. It would be great if PBC could give him another opportunity, and we doubt we're the only ones wanting to see him. He's quick, tough, brave, exciting, lets his hands go and has the intensity that Nyambayar lacks!
3-Don Trella...what the hell was he watching?
We'll give Cobia Breedy a lot of credit for his performance. He made the bout incredibly close, fought back well after a horror start and made us into fans. Sadly however there was no way we could see to give him the bout. As for Don Trella he somehow had the man from Barbados as the winner. We'd love to see him explain his scorecard here. We saw it as a close, but clear, win for Nyambayar, helped in part by the two knockdowns, but couldn't possibly see a way to get a win for Breedy.
4-Nyambayar gives odd interviews
After the fight Tugstsogt Nyambayar gave an interview and it was...odd. We're sure there was a lost in translation effect here, but it was still a very, very odd interview and we'd love to see more of these. He's not the most naturally charismatic, but the awkward, strangeness of his interview made us want to hear more of him. He's lacking the catchphrase of a Gennady Golovkin, or the simplistic turn of phrase of Can Xu, but there was still something charming about the strange vibe of his answers.
5-Don't blow your bloody nose!
Cobia Breedy made 3 big mistakes. One was getting dropped in round 1, one was getting dropped in round 2 and one was blowing his damn nose between rounds 6 and 7 that caused his left eye to almost swell shut. This was nasty and could have caused the bout to stop, either from the swelling it's self or from giving Nyambayar a nice big target to aim for. This was very much a self inflicted injury and not a good one. Hopefully everyone learns from this. If in a fight, don't blow your damn nose!
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).