Chris Colbert claims the scalp of Tugstsogt Nyambayar by way of UD
With all eyes on him, WBA Interim World super featherweight champion Chris “Primetime” Colbert (16-0, 6 KO’s) snagged a critical victory. Colbert accomplished this by being awarded a unanimous decision victory over Mongolian boxer Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar (12-2, 9 KO’s). Naturally all fights are “must win” situations, yet this high profile affair for Colbert was conducted under greater scrutiny than normal.
Primetime acquired this attention after stating his opinion that Tyson Fury would win the third fight with Deontay Wilder. Once done, Colbert was quickly rebuked by a bevy of Wilder fans. In fact, during fight week the story about Colbert/Wilder almost eclipsed the actual dustup with Nyambayar. So, it’s a wonderful thing for Team Colbert that Primetime, currently ranked #1 (WBA), was able to shine on the big stage. With his standing, Colbert will no doubt try to press for a showdown with WBA Super World super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Yet, realistically speaking Davis is likely to pursue bigger name opponents.
Unfortunately for Nyambayar, this will stand as his second professional loss. The Mongolian was shooting for greatness coming in with less than two weeks’ notice and leaping up in weight. Clearly, a standard training period would have helped. King Tug was only one fight removed from his February 8, 2020 loss to WBC World featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. Now, he will have to start from scratch one more time.
Nyambayar started quickly and attempted to overwhelm Colbert with pressure immediately. The extreme aggression briefly put Primetime on the back foot but the Brooklyn fighter rapidly pushed him back with his snappy jab. This same punch would keep King Tug contained for the remainder of the period. The second period was a carbon copy of the first, outside of Colbert showboating a bit and shifting stances. Primetime dominated the third as well, but here he was caught with two troublesome hooks. Each shot seemed hard enough to hurt Colbert but he ate them well.
In hindsight, those solid punches that Nyambayar landed in the third would be the best of the fight. From the fourth to the twelfth round, Colbert put on a boxing clinic. Using his feet and jab masterfully, Primetime fairly easily controlled the last 2/3 of the bout. Despite being the clear ring general, Colbert was not able to stop or significantly hurt King Tug. Yet, even without the stoppage, the Brooklyn bruiser put on one impressive show.
By: Bakari Simpson