Nyambayar vs. Tugstsogt Sakaria Lukas Now Set As Russell-Magsayo Opener

Tough featherweight contender Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar now takes on once-defeated contender Sakaria Lukas in the 10-round telecast opener live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, January 22 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast begins at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT and will be captained by WBC World Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. defending his title against top contender and WBC challenger Mark Magsayo. Super lightweight contenders Subriel Matías and Petros Ananyan meet for a rematch in the 12-round co-main event.

Vic Pasillas was originally scheduled for Nyambayar, but had to withdraw after a positive COVID-19 test.

Tickets for the live event, promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.

Nyambayar (12-2, 9 KOs) won a silver medal representing his native Mongolia at the 2012 Olympics and now lives in Southern California where he is trained by John Pullman. The 29-year-old climbed the featherweight rankings after his extensive amateur career with victories over then-undefeated Harmonito Dela Torre and former interim champion Oscar Escandon. He earned his first world title by beating former champion Claudio Marrero in January 2019, before dropping his championship match against Russell at SHOWTIME. Nyambayar returns to the featherweight division after challenging top 130-pounder Chris Colbert in a July bout he lost by decision.

Lukas (25-1, 17 KOs) steps into the ring looking for his third straight win to put himself in position to fight for a world title. A native of Omuthitugwalwani, Namibia, his American debut came in December 2020 when he dropped a 10-round decision against Mexican contender Isaac Avelar. Lukas, who has fought professionally since 2011, recovered from defeat by knocking out Mario Macias Orozco in February 2021 before taking a decisive victory over Marco Antonio Chable in March 2021.

The undercard that will not be televised includes undefeated superwelterweight Evan Holyfield (8-0.6 KOs), son of legendary heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who takes on Chris Rollins (5-3-1, 4 KOs) of Virginia in a six-round bout, plus Philadelphia’s Rasheen Brown (11-0, 7 KOs) in a six-round featherweight duel against fellow undefeated Katsuma Akitsugi (7-0, 1 KO).

Rounding out the lineup is Puerto Rico’s Abimael Ortiz (9-1-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round superbantamweight bout, undefeated middleweight LeShawn Rodríquez (12-0.9 KOs) battling Atlanta’s Sixto Suazo (9-2-1 , 7 KOs) for eight rounds of action and the pro debut of Washington, DC native Max Garland in a four-round welterweight bout.

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