Nyambayar v Breedy Recap
After twelve rounds of competition, rugged featherweight boxer Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar (12-1, 9 KO’s) was awarded a narrow split decision win over Cobia Breedy (15-1, 5 KO’s). With the favorable split decision, Nyambayar successfully bounced back into the win column following his lone professional loss to WBC world featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr (31-1, 18 KO’s).
Prior to the fight, King Tug was ranked as the WBC’s #2 featherweight in the world. With this strategic position, he is potentially in striking distance of forcing another bout with Mr. Gary Russell. Naturally, he would want a second chance to capture the WBC belt and avenge his first professional loss.
While conducting interviews to promote his fight with Breedy, the Mongolian fighter explained how he was suffering from a foot injury during the Russell dust-up. Now that he is completely healthy, he fully believes that a second fight would have a completely different outcome. Only time will tell if he is able to get the revenge that he is seeking.
To open the bout, Breedy came out exceptionally fast and took the fight to Nyambayar. For almost the entire first round, he beautifully controlled the action with a fast, snapping jab and utilizing his feet from the outside. Regrettably for him, a sharp straight right from King Tug put him on the canvas and lost him the period.
Little improved for the Barbados native during the second round. Within the first thirty seconds of the period, a barrage of hooks dumped him back on the canvas for the second time. Despite going down, Breedy was not seriously hurt.
In an impressive showing of mental toughness, Breedy shook off the disastrous first two rounds to enjoy a stabilizing third, fourth and fifth. For some odd reason, while his opponent resumed the groove he was in prior to the first knock down, King Tug seemingly went to sleep. His punch output and accuracy drastically plummeted over the next several rounds.
With the coming of the seventh round, Breedy ran into a bit more adversity. While on the stool waiting for the period to begin, he would blow his nose which had begun bleeding. This is a cardinal mistake for boxers. Near immediately, the ailment seemed to bother him and his left eye began swelling. Despite the minor handicap, he would fight well. However, Nyambayar was applying effective pressure with his stinging jab and increased activity.
During the ninth and tenth rounds, the action began to tighten up significantly. Nyambayar opened both periods with dominance. Working behind a thudding jab, the Mongolian was able to control the first half of the rounds with quality combinations to the head. However, the ever-game and energetic Breedy remained competitive with his very busy activity and regular body shots.
The final two rounds remained razor thin. In fact, there was a bit of drama when the bout went to the scorecards and it was announced that it was a split decision. Ultimately, the two knockdowns that King Tug scored are what secured him the win. Minus those extra two points he would have lost this contest. Judges Glen Feldman, 114-112, and Steve Weisfeld, 114-112, scored the bout for Nyambayar, while Don Trella scored the match 111-115 for Breedy.
Although he prevailed narrowly, Nyambayar will be happy to move on to the next level of his career.
By: Bakari Simpson