Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs. Sakaria Lukas Now Set as a Russell-Magsayo Opener

Hard featherweight contender Tugstsogt “Turgator King” Nyambayar will now take on his former beater Sakaria Lukas in the opening 10 rounds live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, January 22 in a Premier event. Boxing Champions from Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING TV show begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and is hosted by WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. Ultralightweights Subriel Matías and Petros Ananyan meet for a rematch in the 12-round co-main event.

Vic Pasillas was originally scheduled to face Nyambayar, but was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19.

Tickets for the live event, promoted by TGB Promotions, are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.

Nyambayar (12-2, 9 KOs) won a silver medal representing his hometown of Mongolia in the 2012 Olympics and now lives in Southern California, where he is coached by John Pullman. The 29-year-old was promoted to featherweight after his lengthy amateur career with victories over undefeated Harmonito Dela Torre and former interim champion Oscar Escandon. He won his first world title by defeating former champion Claudio Marrero in January 2019, before beating previous champion Russell on SHOWTIME. Nyambayar returned to the featherweight division after challenging 130-pounder Chris Colbert to a contest in July which he decisively lost.

Lukas (25-1, 17 KOs) entered the ring looking for a third straight win to put himself in a position to compete for a world title. A native of Omuthitugwalwani, Namibia, his US debut came in December 2020 when he dropped a 10-round decider against Mexican contender Isaac Avelar. Lukas, who has been playing professionally since 2011, recovered from the defeat by knocking out Mario Macias Orozco in February 2021 before claiming a decisive win over Marco Antonio Chable in March 2021.

The non-televisioned underweight will include undefeated superweight Evan Holyfield (8-0.6 KOs), son of legendary heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, against Chris Rollins of Virginia (5-3-1) , 4 KOs) in a six-round match. , plus Philadelphia’s Rasheen Brown (11-0.7 KOs) in a featherweight six-round bout against undefeated teammate Katsuma Akitsugi (7-0.1 KO).

Rounding out the lineup was Abimael Ortiz of Puerto Rico (9-1-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight super, LeShawn Rodríquez (12-0.9 KOs) undefeated against Sixto Suazo (9 -2-1) of Atlanta. , 7 KOs) for eight rounds of action and the professional debut of Washington, DC native Max Garland in a four-round weightlifting competition.

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Dustin Huang

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