Chris Colbert vs. Tugstsogt Nyambayar
Final Press Conference
Unbeaten Interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion Chris
ďPrimetimeĒ Colbert and hard-hitting contender Tugstsogt
ďKing TugĒ Nyambayar faced off Thursday at the final press
conference before they meet in the main event of action live
on SHOWTIME this Saturday, July 3 in a Premier Boxing
Champions event from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson,
Also featured at Thursdayís press conference were unbeaten
rising star Michel Rivera and lightweight contender Jon
FernŠndez, who square off in the co-main event of the
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT.
To open the telecast, SHOWTIME will air a special replay of
last Saturday nightís exciting pay-per-view main event fight
between Gervonta Davis and Mario Barrios.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets are on sale
now and can be purchased at AXS.com.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
ďI was going to knock [Yuriorkis] Gamboa out cold, and now
ĎKing Tugí has to take the knockout.
ďMy hard work is finally paying off. All I have to do is
stay focused, dedicated, and disciplined, and then Iíll be
the face of boxing in a couple of years.
ďThis venue is really known for wars. Come Saturday night
Iím definitely going to bring the heat.
ďIím ready for this fight. Nyambayar knows heís in for
trouble on Saturday. Nobody out there can take a fight with
me on a week-and-half notice and not be in for trouble.
ďMe and Michel Rivera got a lot of rounds in together during
training down in Miami. We did a great job all camp and Iím
just ready and excited to get in the ring.
ďIíve been knocking out everyone they put in front me. They
still donít give me the respect I deserve yet. I just have
to keep doing my thing on Saturday night and embarrass him.
ďI canít tell you if heís my toughest opponent yet. I know
that heís not beating me, and thatís a promise. Thereís no
way a 126-pounder will come up in weight and beat me.
ďHeís a fighter with only one loss, he can come back from
that. But itís not going to matter on Saturday night. Heís
supposed to be confident in himself. He canít say heís going
to get washed Saturday, but thatís what is going to happen.
ďI appreciate ĎTugí for taking the fight, but Saturday night
Iím going to get in there, dominate and beat him up. This is
a Nissan vs. a Lamborghini, and Iím the Lambo.
ďI agree that ĎKing Tugí might be better opposition than
Yuriorkis Gamboa would have been. But it doesnít matter if
it was Gamboa, ĎKing Tugí, or Arnold Schwarzenegger in there
with me, it was always going to be the same outcome on
ďMy hair is orange this week as a dedication to the cause of
fighting Multiple sclerosis. One of my friends, Dave, back
in New Jersey has it and he told me his story of how he was
paralyzed as a kid and also had MS. Then I saw him on the
Stairmaster in the gym the next day for like an hour. I saw
that and realized thereís no excuses I can make for not
being in the gym. I do the different hair colors to make
people feel special. I want them to know that Iím fighting
ďNobody in the 130-pound division can beat me. Iím going to
continue to prove that every time I step into the ring. Iím
going to deliver a dominating performance. Donít be
surprised when I stop him.
ďI donít think this is going past 10 rounds. Iím going to
keep proving that I have power on Saturday night. Iím not
discrediting his skills, but Iím just different.Ē
ďIím really excited for this fight. Itís my first fight at
130 pounds and I want to show what I can do. Iím ready for
ďJust know this, we are here to win. My team is here to win.
Iím ready for Chris Colbert. Thatís it.
ďI donít care that Iím fighting on short notice at a higher
weight. I believe in myself. I can fight at 122, I can fight
at 126 and I can fight at 130.
ďTwo weeksí notice is enough for me. If I didnít take the
fight, Colbert wouldnít have a fight. So he should be
thankful. Letís see what happens. Iím going to whoop his
ďI believe in my speed and I believe in my power. I believe
in myself. I just want to test myself. This is a good
opportunity versus a good fighter.Ē
ďI donít think that he can stop me. Watch me on Saturday
night. Iím ready.
ďIím not worried about anything he says. Iím just focused on
the sight. I really believe in myself and that Iím going to
hurt him on Saturday night.
ďColbert has similar speed compared to Gary Russell Jr., so
itís not going to be anything I havenít seen before. The
adjustments from the Russell fight have been made in the gym
ďIím very happy to be fighting at Dignity Health Sports Park
because Los Angeles is my second home. Itís very exciting to
be fighting here and with a crowd there watching. The
Mongolian fans are going to show up on Saturday.Ē
ďI had a good camp and I have a good team, led by Herman
Caicedo who is my coach along with Jukka Toivola. I know
that this is a good opportunity and I worked so hard for
this fight. Iím so excited for July 3 and I know that this
is my chance to show Iím great and to shine.
ďJon Fernandez is a good boxer and heís a good puncher. I
donít know much about him, but I know that heís Spanish and
heís a tall guy. He hits hard but Iím in the type of
condition to be great in this fight.
ďIím sure that on July 3 when people are watching the fight,
they will see who the best boxer is. Iím ready for
everything. If he wants to fight instead of box, I will
fight too. I have the skills. I believe that I am faster
than him. I donít have problems with his height. You can see
in my past fights where I was fighting at 144, and I looked
good with big boxers too. I donít have a problem with it.
Everybody will have to tune in July 3 on SHOWTIME, and they
will see Michel Rivera beating Jon Fernandez.
ďIíve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Iím
Dominican, and in the Dominican Republic you donít get much
opportunity. I came here and I am making my name. Everybody
will know that Iím ready to fight the top names at 135 Ė the
best boxers. I have the skills and the talent. Iím young and
Iím pretty, too.
ďItís good that he sounds confident. I am confident too.
That makes for a great war. He has a lot of knockouts, but
they werenít against any boxers like me. Iím focused. Like I
said, heís a good boxer, but Iím better. Iím trusting my
talent and Iím trusting my condition.
ďMy perspective remains the same after this press
conference. Fernandez is a proud fighter and I expect
nothing less than what he said. Iím also a proud fighter and
Iím convinced that Iím better than him. I consider myself
better prepared and ready to be considered one of the top
boxers in the 135-pound division.
ďTraining with Chris Colbert was a great experience, and the
sparring sessions were awesome. He made me better, just like
I made him better. Heís a great person. My fellow Dominican
fighter Jeison Rosario wished me luck and told me he knows
Iím going to be a world champion someday, and that he will
be supporting me and watching the fight from the Dominican
ďOf course I believe that I am the next world champion from
the Dominican Republic. I can beat all of the top boxers,
the top five, in the 135-pound division. I want to make my
name at 135 because I know this is a strong division now. I
want everybody to know me at this weight.
ďI promise a good fight. Everybody will see the next
superstar in the ring on July 3.Ē
ďIím very excited to be here for this fight. Training camp
in Madrid and Mexico have been great. Weíve had an
outstanding preparation. Iím facing a great opponent in
Michel Rivera, but this is the door I need to open to be in
the big leagues of boxing. I donít plan on missing out on
ďIím glad heís confident in his abilities, but I think this
is a 50-50 match. Itís going to be a great fight and weíre
definitely on the same level. Thereís no difference in skill
levels. Iím going to use my height and show off my boxing
ability on Saturday night.
ďRivera is a very good boxer, and has many skills, but I
believe that I have equal skills and more power. If I get
the opening, I can knock Rivera out.
ďI promise that weíre going to put on a great show and
deliver fireworks in the ring. My hand will be raised when
the fight is over.
ďThereís nothing like fighting in Los Angeles. I have
already been here before, but nothing can compare to being
in the big show.
ďEveryone in Spain is supporting me. My city of Bilbao has
sent me all its love and they believe in me 100%. Even some
famous soccer players have reached out to me. Players from
Athletic Bilbao and (former Spain national team striker)
ďI would like to win in order to open the door for other
Spaniard boxers who come behind me and relish this
opportunity Ė like my brother Eker, who is about to make his
professional debut. I want to make him proud and put Spain
on the map as far as boxing is concerned.
ďIf I win, itís not just because of my power. Itís going to
be a close fight, but Iím going to give everything I have to
come out with the victory.Ē