Gary Russell, Jr Beats Nyambayar In Title Defense

Report: Damon Gonzalez

Photos: Showtime Boxing

Allentown, PA – Gary Russell Jr. retains the WBC featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Tugstsogt Nyambayar. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 118-110.

Russell, Jr. Lightning hand speed in the opening round, Nyambayar

not making any adjustments early on in the round.

Nyambayar looks confused in there, Russell,Jr. Controlling the pace of the fight tee-off on Nyambayar at the end of three.

Somebody in Allentown needs to tell Nyambayar he’s in a fight…. It has been all Russelll,Jr. As expected at the end of four rounds.

Nyambayar taking risk in round six trying to cut the ring on the quicker Russell,Jr. stepping out of Nyambayar range popping that jab in his face midway through the fight.

Nyambayar landing good shots to the body of Russell,Jr. in round eight fighting in spots, Russell,Jr. continues to punch with both hands and have his way with Nyambayar, SPEED KILLS…

Woah…Nyambayar campaigning a hard round nine and ten, giving Russell,Jr. a few problems as he response with great shots of his own as Nyambayar making it interesting late in the fight.

Too me Russell,Jr. Is fun to watch blasting Nyambayar with multiple shots in round eleven, Nyambayar just gave up too many rounds early in the fight.




New York, NY – DiBella Entertainment has a busy weekend ahead, headlined by “Merciless” Mary McGee defending her IBF Junior Welterweight world title for the first time tomorrow night, February 8, near her hometown of Gary, IN, at the Civic Center, in Hammond, IN.

McGee (26-3, 14 KOs) will battle Deanha “The Silencer” Hobbs (8-1, 5 KO), of Queensland, Australia, in the 10-round main event. She won the vacant world title on December 5, 2019, with a 10th-round stoppage of Ana Laura Esteche on Broadway Boxing in New York City. Hobbs is coming off of the first loss of her four-year professional career, a 10-round decision to then-WBO Super Lightweight world champion Christina Linardatou on June 7, 2019, in Athens, Greece.

Christina “Medusa” Linardatou (12-2, 6 KOs), of Athens, Greece, will compete in a scheduled 10-round bout against Prisca “die Kriegerin” Vicot (11-6, 2 KOs), of England. In a hotly contested world championship battle, Linardatou lost her title by decision to Katie Taylor on November 2, 2019, in Manchester, England. Vicot is riding a two-bout winning streak, most recently defeating Olena Medvedenko via unanimous decision, on July 6, 2019, in Vienna, Austria.

Also featured on the card in Hammond, IN, 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell (11-0, 8 KOs), of Cleveland, OH, faces Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton (22-11-3, 12 KOs), of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, over eight rounds. The 22-year-old Conwell is returning to the ring for the first time since his victory against Patrick Day on October 12, 2019, in Chicago, IL. Tragically, Day passed away from injuries incurred during the bout four days later. A professional for 10 years, the 29-year-old Agaton is coming off of a fourth-round knockout of Victor Marquez on December 28, 2019, in Mexico.

In a scheduled six-rounder in Hammond, IN, undefeated middleweight prospect Isaiah Steen (13-0, 10 KOs), of Cleveland, OH, a training partner of Conwell’s, faces Kenneth “The Cannon” Council (10-3-1, 8 KOs), of Knoxville, TN. Fighting for the first time this year, the 23-year-old Steen hits the ring following an eight-round decision against Gorjan Slaveski on August 16, 2019, in Columbus, OH. Council looks to rebound from a hard-fought six-round split decision loss to undefeated Anthony Barnes on October 11, 2019, in Warren, MI.

Also, on Saturday night in Daytona Beach, FL, 2016 Olympian Juan Carlos Carrillo (2-0, 1 KO), of Barranquilla, Colombia, continues his ascent in the professional ranks, facing Ben Williams (1-2), of Benton Harbor, MI, in a scheduled six-round light heavyweight clash. The 27-year-old Carrillo, who represented Colombia at the Rio Olympics, compiled an impressive 388-23 amateur record, winning gold at the 2012 Colombian National Games, 2012 Pacific Cup Tournament, 2011 Colombian National Championships, 2010 Colombian Youth National Championships, and silver at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games. He won his first two professional bouts in dominant fashion last year and looks toward a busy 2020. The event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL, is promoted by women’s boxing legend and 2020 Hall-of-Fame Inductee Christy Martin.

In Vienna, Virginia, at Tysons Playground, heavyweight contender Mike Balogun (15-0, 11 KOs), of Upper Marlboro, MD, battles Bosnian Adnan Buharalija, of Norcross, Georgia, in a scheduled eight-rounder. A former college football standout for the Oklahoma Sooners who also played in the NFL, Balogun will be making his first start of 2020 after four victories last year, two by first-round knockout.

Rounding out the weekend for DiBella Entertainment, top lightweight contender Jon Fernandez (20-1, 17 KOs) fights at home on Saturday night in Bilbao, Spain, against Robin Zamora (15-7, 8 KOs), of Managua, Nicaragua, in a scheduled eight-rounder. Co-promoted by boxing legend Sergio Martinez’ Maravilla Promotions, the 24-year-old Fernandez has won four fights in a row since his only loss to O’Shaquie Foster in September 2018. The 21-year-old Zamora has won two of his last three starts by knockout.


WBC Featherweight Champion Russell Takes On Unbeaten Contender Nyambayar & Former Champions Guillermo Rigondeaux & Liborio Solis Battle for Vacant Bantamweight Title Live on SHOWTIME This Saturday, February 8
in Premier Boxing Champions Event in PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
ALLENTOWN, PA.  WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and unbeaten mandatory challenger Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar went face-to-face at a final press conference Thursday before they headline action live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, February 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The press conference also featured former champions Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liborio Solis, who battle in the co-main event for the vacant WBA Lightweight Title, plus Jaime Arboleda and Jayson Velez, who compete in a 12-round WBA Super Featherweight Title eliminator to open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Kings Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through (direct link HERE).  
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the Renaissance Allentown Hotel:
“We had a great training camp. I have my younger brothers on the card with me and in camp, pushing me every day. We’re ready, focused and hungry.
“Tug will be the best he possibly can be because he knows he’s facing one of the best fighters in the world. He has everything to gain and nothing to lose. He’s going to leave it all on the line.
“I think Tug is a lot more technically sound than a lot of the guys who I have competed against. He’s another guy with everything to gain and nothing to lose, so I’m anticipating a tough fight. 
“If it were up to me, I’d be facing Leo Santa Cruz or Gervonta Davis, but this is what I have to face. I’m here to defend my title in style once again. 
“It’s amazing to watch my younger brothers and to have them on the same card. I’m excited to work their corners. There’s never been a set of three brothers to become world champions, and I think we’ll do that real soon. They’re both extremely talented and hungry. I expect them to be better than me by the time they’re at this point in their careers.
“I was the first fighter to turn pro on ShoBox, and I went on to win my title on SHOWTIME. The fact that we’re still doing it now speaks wonders. I work great with their team and I’m grateful to be in this position. 
“You should expect to see what you always see with me. Boxing at its best. A great deal of ring generalship. Good boxing IQ. Hand speed. Punching power. The total package as a fighter. As a matter of fact, I’m trying to figure out why I’m not on the pound for pound list given all of that. That’s an issue.
“I’m very excited for this fight. It’s going to be a good fight for the fans. Gary Russell Jr. is a great champion, but watch on Saturday night, when I become the new featherweight world champion. 
“I just have to be better than Gary Russell on Saturday night. The past experience won’t matter. If he thinks I’m too inexperienced for this fight, he is going to be in for a surprise Saturday. 
“I know that I’m the underdog, but that doesn’t affect me. I don’t care if I’m the favorite or the underdog. 
“I’m not worried about any ring rust. I’ve worked so hard in the ring during training camp to make sure I’m the best I’ve ever been. 
“Working with Ismael Salas has been very good for me and I think it’s taken me to another level in my career. All of skills, all of my power and speed, it will all be with me on Saturday. I just have to put it together for my best performance. 
“I’m very ready for this fight. I want to be the first WBC featherweight champion in history from Mongolia. I’m ready, you just need to watch on Saturday.”
“Bantamweight is my division. I have no issues making that weight. I want to thank my team for getting me prepared and getting me to this position. All that’s left is to fight Saturday night. 
“I want to also thank Ronnie Shields for how he has prepared me for this fight. It’s been a great training camp and I can’t wait to step into the ring and become champion again.
“I feel 100% and I believe that bantamweight has always been my best weight. I did well at 122 pounds, so i stayed there. My plan now is to dominate this division.
“Me and Ronnie Shields have great chemistry and worked well together. Ronnie is a great trainer and I’m looking forward to a long run that we’re going to have together. 
“I’m going to be phenomenal in the ring. I’m going to unify 118 pounds just like I did at 122 pounds. I’m excited to get started.
“My strategy will depend on the fight that Solis brings. I’m a veteran in this sport, dating back to the amateurs, so I’m used to seeing so many different styles. I’m to fight the way that gives me the best chance to win.”
“Thank you very much to my team who has backed me and supported me leading up to this fight. I’m very grateful for this opportunity. My opponent has been a great champion and I’m very excited to be here to fight him.
“This is obviously going to be a great fight. I’m a warrior who always comes to fight. He can pick his strategy however he wants. But I just want to get in there and put my skills on display.
I was already a champion in one division and I had a fight taken on the scorecards at bantamweight, or else i would already be a two-division champion. 
“Saturday is going to be different than my last fights. Both me and Guillermo give our heart and soul and we’re going to fight until the best man wins. I’m not leaving that ring without a championship. 
“I’m going to come with everything on Saturday. I come to fight and I come to win. I’m sure Guillermo is the same. The difference will be my determination to win this fight. 
“I don’t think anyone’s weight or which division we fought at in the past will be an advantage. I’m sure he could have always fought at 118. The person with the advantage is who wants it more.”
“I want to thank all the great champions up on this stage and everyone on my team who made this fight happen. This opportunity has been a long time coming and I’ve been preparing hard to make the most out of it. 
“On Saturday, I’m very confident that this is going to be a great fight and end in a knockout. I’m prepared and I know that I’m going to win.
“This is a great chance to get one step closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. I know what I have to do and I’ve prepared every day to make sure that I fight my best on Saturday night. 
“We have a lot of respect for each other and we’re looking forward to Saturday night. Don’t miss this card because it’s going to be action packed from start to finish.”
“I’m happy to be here again and back in a big fight. My last time fighting on SHOWTIME was in 2012 and I’m very thankful for this opportunity to compete on this stage once again.
“I’m blessed to be able to do what I do every day. I’ve fought professionally since 2007. This is the dream that every boxer has. When I win on Saturday, I’ll be the mandatory for the belt and that’s the opportunity that I want. 
“I’ve been training hard for this fight and I’m ready. I’ve won three fights in a row heading into a great fight between two hungry fighters. We want to add each other to our record and I believe that this fight is ending in knockout.
“Don’t miss this fight because this is going to be great. There’s going to be a lot of action. Every time I step into the ring, win or lose, I will leave everything in there. I fight with my heart and I fight for Puerto Rico.”
Russell vs. Nyambayar will see WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. defend his 126-pound crown against unbeaten mandatory challenger Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, February 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will see former world champions Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liborio Solís battle for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title in the co-main event, plus Jaime Arboleda meeting Jayson Vélez in a 12-round WBA Super Featherweight Title eliminator bout opening the telecast. 

Olympians added to Boxeo Telemundo 2020 Miami Premiere

Miami, Florida: All Star Boxing, Inc just announced that 2x Olympic Gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba will make he Miami debut on Feb 21st on Boxeo Telemundo. Ramirez had a set back in his pro debut but has bounced back since and is looking forward to showcasing his talent in front of a strong Cuban American fan base in Miami.

Ramirez is scheduled for 6 rounds against Rafael Morales of Laredo Texas.

Also Rio Olympian and 2019 Pan Am Games Bronze medalist Luis Cabrera of Venezuela will be making his pro debut after he opted to by pass Tokyo 2020 and ink a long term deal with All Star Boxing,Inc. Cabrera is scheduled to debut at 6 rounds with an opponent to be determined.

Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr President of All Star Boxing, Inc stated

“We are excited to have 2 Olympians fighting on Boxeo Telemundo on the same night, one is from Cuba and the other from Venezuela, two very strong communities here in Miami”.

Tickets are on sale now through eventbrite, click below.

Bomba Gonzalez vs Baby Juarez will be the main event on Telemundo at 11:35pm check your local listing

Shakur Stevenson v. Miguel Marriaga and Michael Conlan v. Belmar Preciado headline Hulu Theater at MSG March 14

Garden March: Shakur Stevenson-Miguel Marriaga and Michael Conlan-Belmar Preciado Headline Separate Hulu Theater at MSG Shows March 14 

Stevenson to defend WBO featherweight world title against Marriaga as part of ESPN-televised doubleheader Saturday, March 14 starting at 10:30 p.m. ET

Conlan-Preciado and Mikaela Mayer against former world champion Melissa Hernandez top special St. Patrick’s Day bill LIVE on ESPN+ beginning at 8 p.m. ET

 NEW YORK CITY – Shakur Stevenson, the 22-year-old phenom on the cusp of pound-for-pound greatness, will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight world title Saturday, March 14, against three-time world title challenger Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Three days later, Irish featherweight Michael “Mick” Conlan will make his annual St. Patrick’s Day pilgrimage at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in a 10-rounder against hard-charging Colombian veteranBelmar Preciado.

The Stevenson-Marriaga co-feature will see former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno fight the unbeaten Sakaria Lukas in a 10-round featherweight showdown. Stevenson-Marriaga and Magdaleno-Lukas will be televised LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Conlan-Preciado and a 10-round female super featherweight showdown between the unbeaten Mikaela Mayer and former featherweight world champion Melissa Hernandez will stream live in English and Spanish on ESPN+ beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for the Stevenson-Marriaga and Conlan-Preciado cards are priced at $200, $100, $70, $40 and $30 (not including applicable fees) and go on sale Friday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at or

For a limited time, when purchasing a ticket online to one of these cards, you will then be given the option to purchase discounted tickets to the other event.

“What a great two nights of boxing on ESPN and ESPN+, as we get to see Shakur Stevenson defend his title against the big-punching Marriaga and Mick Conlan continue one of boxing’s great traditions,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “New York is going to turn out in force to watch two of boxing’s great young stars.”

Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs), the pride of “Brick City”, Newark, N.J., was the first male boxer from the 2016 Rio Olympics to win a professional world title. Last October, he bested Joet Gonzalez via unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight world title. The Gonzalez win punctuated a banner year for the Olympic silver medalist, who also defeated former world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan PPV undercard. Last July, he headlined an ESPN telecast in front of an adoring hometown crowd of more than 5,000 at Prudential Center, knocking out Alberto Guevara in three rounds.

“We’ve been trying to make this fight with Miguel Marriaga for a long time now,” Stevenson said. “I wanted a strong opponent for my first title defense. He’s been in the ring with multiple world champions, and I am ready to prove that I am the best featherweight in the world. This is my fourth fight at Madison Square Garden, but my first as a world champion, and it will be my best performance yet. I know all of my East Coast fans will come out and support on March 14.

Marriaga (29-3, 25 KOs), one of the division’s hardest punchers, is hoping the fourth time’s a charm. He fell short in previous world title challenges against Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oscar Valdez and Nicholas Walters, but he’s riding a four-bout winning streak (all by KO). He last fought in December 2019, knocking out Alfredo Mejia Vargas with a body shot. A native of Arjona, Colombia, he’s been scouting Stevenson as a potential foe.

“I always wanted this fight, and the time is right now that he’s a world champion,” Marriaga said. “He speaks often about how people are ducking him, but here I am. Colombia will have a new world champion March 14.

Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) is 2-0 as a featherweight since losing his junior featherweight world title to Isaac Dogboe in one of the best fights of 2018. A native of Las Vegas, he is coming off a unanimous technical decision over Rafael Rivera last August in Los Angeles. Lukas (23-0, 16 KOs), from Namibia, is one boxing’s best-kept secrets, a nine-year pro who has three knockouts in his last four fights.

“The guys people don’t know about are the dangerous ones,” Magdaleno said. “With the mindset I have now, I don’t think anybody can beat me. “My trainer {Jorge Capetillo} and I are looking ahead. I’m just waiting on what’s next, but we have to take care of business against Lukas first. Once we do that, I have every right to call out all of the champions.”

There is a Desert Storm coming to New York in the name of Sakaria Lukas, and this storm is targeting the destruction of Jessie Magdaleno,” Lukas said.

Conlan (13-0, 7 KOs) has made Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden his professional home, as he turned pro in front of a sold-out St. Patrick’s Day crowd there back in 2017. In the years since, he has graduated from prospect to contender, as he’s the No. 1 contender for the title held by Stevenson. He went 3-0 in 2019, including a decision win in December over Olympic nemesis Vladimir Nikitin. Preciado (20-2-1, 13 KOs) will be making his third ring appearance outside of his native Colombia, and he has won two in a row since a KO loss to former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa. 

“I’m honored to return to the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, and fight for the fourth straight St. Patrick’s Day,” Conlan said. “I know how tough Preciado is, but this fight is a great test as I continue on my path towards becoming a world champion. Fighting in New York City is very special for me. The fans have been very supportive right from the beginning at my pro debut on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017, and I look forward to putting on another tremendous show for them this year.”

“The fans will be there to see Conlan, but mark my words, they will remember me,” Preciado said. “I am more than just another ‘opponent.’ When I win, I won’t be surprised. I am prepared for a hard 10 rounds.”

Mayer (12-0, 5 KOs), who turned pro in August 2017 after representing the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been dominant in the paid ranks. One of the 130-pound division’s top contenders, she last fought Oct. 26 on the Shakur Stevenson-Joet Gonzalez undercard, knocking out Alejandra Zamora in six rounds. Hernandez (23-7-3, 7 KOs), winner of four of her last five, won the WBC female featherweight world title in 2012. Last April, she dominated then-unbeaten Selina Barrios over eight rounds.

“I’m excited to be fighting again in New York City, especially on St. Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden,” Mayer said. “I love that I’m going up against a former world champion because it’s going to make for a very competitive, exciting event. I’m also happy to be on a Mick Conlan card. He has a huge Irish and European fan base whom I hope to impress and turn into fans. See you at MSG!”

Andrade Crushes Keeler, Diaz dethrones Farmer, Akhmadaliev Beats Roman

Report & Photos by Damon Gonzalez – Ringside

Miami, Florida – WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO at the official time 2:59 over a very tough Luke Keeler (17-3-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday night at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, Florida. Presented by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing streamed live on DAZN.

Super featherweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (31-1, 15 KOs) scored a won a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF champion Tevin Farmer (30-5-1, 6 KOs) on Thursday night at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, Florida.

Judges official scores were

116-112, 115-113, 115-113.

YouTube stars Jake Paul (19.7 million You Tube followers) scored a first round KO over AnEsonGib (2.14 million YouTube followers). AnEsonGib was put down three times. Paul pressured him hard ending the contest at the 2:18 mark of the opening stanza.

Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over unified WBA/IBF super bantamweight titles from reigning champion Daniel Roman (27-3-1, 10 KOs) on Thursday night at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, Florida. Akhmadaliev winning 115-113, 115-113 on two cards. Roman was ahead 115-113 on the third card.

The spectacular Amanda Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KO’s) from Brooklyn, N.Y. Breaks down tough Brazilian Simone Da Silva ending her night at the official time of .33 seconds of round three by TKO victory.

Columbian Super Middleweight Alexis Angulo (26-1, 22 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Anthony Sims Jr (20-1, 18 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Latino Super Middleweight title. Angulo overcame a point deduction to win 96-93, 96-93 on two cards, with Sims winning 95-94 on the third card. KO artist Sims fought a very cautious fight.

19 year old highly talented rising star Lightweight Otha Jones III (5-0, 2 KO’s) from Toledo, Ohio crushes Juan Santiago (16-18-2, 9 KO’s) from Denver, CO. at the official time 1:27 of round two by TKO victory.

Middleweight puncher Austin “Ammo” Williams (5-0, 4 KO’s) from Houston, Texas waisted no time ending Donald Sanchez (5-3, 3 KO’s) by scoring a TKO victory at 2:51 second mark of round four.

Super Lightweight Movladdin Biyarslanov (6-0, 5 KO’s) from Toronto, Canada destroys Nicolas Velazquez (11-8, 3 KO’s) from Argentina at the official time of.37 seconds of round three by TKO victory.

Bantamweight Avril Mathie (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) from Miami Beach, Florida finishes off Angelina Hoffschneider (0-3) from Denver, CO. by scoring a forth round TKO victory.