N.Tugstsogt becomes IBO feather weight champion
Olympic medalist’s conservative but technical approach outdid the 29-year-old Dominican boxer’s flashy performance.
2012 Olympic silver medalist and State Honored Boxer N.Tugstsogt kept his perfect record intact by striking down WBA featherweight champion Claudio Marrero from Dominica in a WBC featherweight eliminator held on Jan 26 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. All three judges – Julie Lederman (114-113), Eric Marlinski (115-112) and John Poturaj (116-111) – scored their fight for the 26-year-old emerging featherweight contender from Mongolia, commonly known as “King Tug”. BLH had it 115-112 for N.Tugstsogt. N.Tugstsogt (11-0,9 KO) challenged the 12-round distance for the first time in his career but got the job done and showed he’s capable to fight for a full 36 minutes. He started strong and ended strong. The young Mongolian shook Marrero (23-3, 17 KO) in the third round, giving him wobbly legs, but Marrero battled his way back in the middle rounds. However, it wasn’t’ enough to get him victory as N.Tugstuosgt vaunted power again in the final rounds and held off the charge. The former Olympic medalist’s conservative but technical approach outdid the 29-year-old Dominican boxer’s flashy performance. Statistically, it was a very close fight. CompuBox had King Tug landing 199 of 509 (23 percent) of his total punches, and 109 of 411 (27 percent) of his power shots. Marrero landed 0144 of 714 (16 percent) total punches and 102 of 369 (28 percent) on power punches. Marrero did throw a ton of jabs but landed almost none of them (12 of 345). In addition to claiming the vacant International Boxing Organization’s featherweight champion title, N.Tugstosgt earned his right to compete in the next WBO World Championship in his fourth year as a professional boxer. He’s eager to continue to make a rapid ascent in the 126-pound division.