Nyambayar v Marrero set for vacant IBO featherweight belt on Jan 26
2012 Olympic silver medallist Tugstogt Nyambayar will fight tough Dominican Claudio Marrero for the vacant IBO World Featherweight title.
IBO officials confirmed the bout take place on January 26th, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York in just Nyambayar’s eleventh pro contest.
Despite initially aiming for a second Olympics in 2016, Nyamabayar opted to turn professional after the 2014 Asian Games.
Disappointed with his showing at the tournament, the Mongolian headed for the bright lights of the United States.
Setting up base in California, the 26 year-old hit the ground running by stopping his first four opponents early in 2015.
Three more stoppages followed in 2016 before an eighth straight KO over Jhon Gemino in February 2017.
Nyambayar was taken the distance for the first time by rugged Filipino Harmonito Dela Torre in November that same year. He then returned to halting opponents in 2018.
The seasoned Oscar Escandon was taken out in May, leading to Nyambayar to gain a first world title shot.
Scheduled opponent Marrero, a southpaw, got back in the win column in 2018 after suffering defeat at the hands of Jesus Rojas.
Marrero, 29, knocked out Jorge Lara in just 33 seconds at the Don Haskins Center and gets a second chance to hold the strap.
The Santo Domingo puncher previous ended the 26-0 run of Carlos Zambrano to reign for five months last year.
CURRENT IBO CHAMPIONS:
Heavyweight – Anthony Joshua (Great Britain)
Cruiserweight – Kevin Lerena (South Africa)
Light Heavyweight – Sven Fornling (Sweden)
Super-Welterweight – Jarrett Hurd (United States)
Welterweight – Thulani Mbenge (South Africa)
Super-Lightweight – Mohamed Mimoune (France)
Super-Featherweight – Shavkat Rakhimov (Russia)
Super-Bantamweight – Paulus Ambunda (Namibia)
Bantamweight – Michael Dasmarinas (Philippines)
Super-Flyweight – Gideon Buthelezi (South Africa)
Minimumweight – Simphiwe Khonco (South Africa)
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