The date has finally been set for the much awaited fight between IBO champion, Mongolian boxer N.Tugstsogt, better known as “King Tug” and US professional boxer Gary Russell Jr. This will be “King Tug’s” twelfth time in ring since turning professional. The match between the two titans is scheduled to take place at PPL Sports Centre in Allentown in the US state of Pennsylvania, on 8 February, 2020.
The Mongolian’s opponent, 30-year-old Gary Russell Jr., has held the WBC featherweight title since 2015, and as an amateur won a bronze medal in the bantamweight division at the 2005 World Championships. At the age of 16, he won both the U.S. Championships and the Golden Gloves in 2005. He became one of only two boxers to win both the U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves before his 17th birthday. Gary Russell Jr. has had 30 fights; 17 of them KO (knockout) and only one defeat.
Earlier this year, N.Tugstsogt won the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) World Championship title and belt after defeating Dominican boxer Claudio Marrero. The Mongolian won a silver medal in the flyweight category of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Since turning professional, ‘King Tug’ has had eleven fights, almost all of which he has won by KO.