Tugstsogt Nyambayar
Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Tugstsogt Nyambayar

“King Tug”

RECORD

12 - 1 - 0

KOs

9

Weight 125.6 lbs (56.82 kg)

Age 28

Home Los Angeles, California, USA 

Complete Stats

After earning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, Mongolia native Tugstsogt Nyambayar is poised for a rapid ascent in the 126-pound division. Read Bio

Last Fight

win vs Cobia Breedy

Sep 19, 2020 / Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Mongolian contender Tugstsogt Nyambayar delivers Cobia Breedy his first-ever career loss and walks away victorious by way of SD, becoming next in line for the WBC Featherweight Title.

Latest News

Tugstsogt Nyambayar News
PBC Boxing Video
Sep 20, 2020 / Lubin vs Gausha, Erickson Lubin, Terrell Gausha, Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Erickson Lubin Outpoints Terrell Gausha in World Title Eliminator

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.

PBC Boxing Video
Feb 9, 2020 / Russell vs Nyambayar, Gary Russell Jr, Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Guillermo Rigondeaux

Russell Defeats a Game Nyambayar, Retains World Title

The WBC World Featherweight Champion wins an intense 12-round decision over a tough Nyambayar in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

PBC Boxing Video
Feb 7, 2020 / Russell vs Nyambayar, Gary Russell Jr, Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Gary Russell Jr. vs. Tugstsogt Nyambayar: Elite on Elite

A high-level, high-stakes battle goes down Saturday night as Gary Russell Jr. defends his world featherweight title versus the dangerous Tugstsogt Nyambayar live on SHOWTIME.

Fights

Tugstsogt Nyambayar Fights

Win vs Cobia Breedy 15-0-0

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. 31-1-0

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 24-5-0

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 26-5-0

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

Stats

Tugstsogt Nyambayar “King Tug”

  • WINS 12
  • LOSSES 1
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 9

Weight 125.6 lbs (56.82 kg)

Height 5'7" (1.7 m)

Reach 67" (170 cm)

  • Born

    June 23, 1992
  • Age

    28
  • Country

    Mongolia
  • Born in

    Ulaanbaatar
  • Trains in

    Los Angeles, CA
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    74
  • KO Percentage

    69.23%
  • Boxing Hero

    Manny Pacquiao

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Bio

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.

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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.”

Nyambayar vs. Marrero: January 26, 2019 (PBC on FOX)

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."