09 February 2020 02:35

The twelve-round title bout between the defending WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr.


The twelve-round title bout between the defending WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KO) and mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9 KO) headlines the fight card on February 8. The event airs live on Showtime from the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted a day before the fight show, the champion weighed-in at 125 lbs. The challenger showed 125.75.

In the co-main event Guillermo Rigondeaux (19-1, 1 NC, 13 KO) and Liborio Solis (30-5-1, 1 NC, 14 KO) battle it out for a vacant WBA (regular) bantamweight title. The athletes tipped the scales at 117.25 lbs and 117.75, respectively. The contest is also scheduled for twelve rounds. In addition, Jaime Arboleda (15-1, 13 KO) and Jayson Velez (29-5-1, 21 KO) square off in a twelve-round WBA super featherweight title eliminator. Arboleda came in at 129.25 lbs. Velez showed 130 lbs. How to watch Russell Jr vs Nyambayar live Boxing fans can watch Gary Russell Jr vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar live on Showtime. The date and start time in the US is set for Saturday, February 8 at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. In Australia the event schedule converts to Sunday, February 9 at 1 pm AEDT / 10 am AWST. Fight Card Gary Russell Jr (125 lbs) vs. Tugstsogt Nyambayar (125.75 lbs) Guillermo Rigondeaux (117.25 lbs) vs. Liborio Solis (117.75 lbs) Jaime Arboleda (129.25 lbs) vs. Jayson Velez (130 lbs) Facing another mandatory challenger, Gary Rusell Jr. is hoping a win propels him to face other champions within boxing. Russell will be defending his WBC Featherweight Championship against Tugstsogt Nyambayar inside the PPL Center, in Allentown, PA. On a six-fight win streak, Mr. Russell last fought in May, knocking out Kiko Martinez via TKO. That was his fourth time defending his title. Fighting once a year since 2015, Russell appears to be fresh and ready to go. Speaking to FIGHT SPORTS, Russell doesn't believe the lack of ring time is an issue. He also believes a win should get him a shot at Leo Santa Cruz and Gervonta Davis, or face Vasyl Lomachenko in a rematch of their 2014 bout. Regardless of looking for what he wants, Russell is ready for his latest challenge, who he doesn't take lightly. "You go into every fight differently," Russell Jr. stated. "I think 'Tug' is very durable. He has a little punch with him, a little pop with him. I think he's a little bit more technically sound than a lot of the guys that's in the upper echelon. I respect any person as a fighter. Anyone that steps in the ring and competes, I have respect for. Power doesn't really matter though if you can't hit anything." In his young career, Nyambayar (11-0) has knocked out nine fighters. His last bout against Claudio Marrero was a unanimous decision victory back in January 2019. Two of his last three fights have ended via decision, a rare feat. FIGHT SPORTS brings you the latest from Russell v. Nyambayar!

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