Russell Jr vs Nyambayar

Gary Russell Jr Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Russell Jr Nyambayar

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The WBC World Featherweight Title

WBC World Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr makes the fifth defence of his belt against unbeaten mandatory challenger Tugstsogt 'King Tug' Nyambayar on February 8th, live on BoxNation.

In the chief support slot, slick Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux meets Liborio Solis for the vacant WBA World Bantamweight Title, dropping down a weight class. This is the first of three live events on BoxNation this February.

Russell Jr’s only defeat came against Ukrainian superstar Vasyl Lomachenko, dropping a clear decision when they met for a vacant Featherweight World Title in 2014. The American (30-1, 18 KOs) has won six fights in a row since, including victories over Joseph Diaz (UD), Kiko Martinez (TKO5) and Oscar Escandon (TKO7).

Nyambayar (11-0, 9 KOs) won a silver medal at London 2012 representing Mongolia, but did not turn professional until 2015. He’s stopped nine of his 11 foes and currently holds the IBO belt, though he hasn’t boxed in 13 months - a career-best win over longtime contender Claudio Marrero in a World Title eliminator (UD) last January.

Russell Jr has also been inactive, boxing just five times in as many years. With Josh Warrington and Shakur Stevenson also holding a share of the Featherweight throne, fight fans will hope the 31 year old can unify later this year if he beats Nyambayar.

Guillermo Rigondeaux Liborio Solis

Rigondeaux Solis

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WBA World Bantamweight Title

Rigondeaux (19-1, 13 KOs) returns to BoxNation as he aims to become a World Champion in a second weight class. He takes on Solis (30-5-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA World Bantamweight Title.

In a division featuring pound-for-pound puncher Naoya Inoue, who holds the WBA ‘Super’ Bantamweight belt, Rigondeaux will be hoping a drop down to 118lbs could set up some intriguing match-ups in 2020.

Rigondeaux was one of the most decorated amateurs in history, winning two Olympic gold medals for Cuba before turning pro in 2009. He made his name with wins over Nonito Donaire (UD), Rico Ramos (KO6) and Joseph Agbeko (UD).

In 2016 he travelled to Cardiff to make an emphatic defence of his WBA Super-Bantamweight Title against Jazza Dickens, breaking the Liverpudlian’s jaw in two rounds in Cardiff.

Since his one-sided loss to Vasyl Lomachenko at the end of 2017, the 39 year old fought twice in 2019 and recorded stoppage wins over Julio Ceja and Giovanni Delgado.

Venezuelan-born Solis makes his U.S. debut on February 8th, and is a former World Super-Flyweight Champion. His previous two attempts at a 118lb World Title have ended in defeat, but he’s currently on a five-fight winning streak.