By Ryan Burton
Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas - In a battle of undefeated featherweight prospects, Olympic silver medal winner Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career, and survived a knockdown, in winning an eight round unanimous decision over tough as nails Harmonito Dela Torre (19-1, 12 KOs). The scores were 79-73, 78-73, 78-73.
The contest started in a close and tactical manner, with both having some success. Nyambayar was landing the more solid punches and seemed to have the edge with the more accurate punches.
Dela Torre applied the pressure in the second and was getting caught by hard shots, but near the end of the round he landed a cracking hook that dropped Nyambayar down hard. King Tug made it up to his feet as the bell sounded to close the round out.
Dela Torre came out swinging in the third and looking to do more damage. Nyambayar was looking to dig to the body. During an exchange it was Nyambayar who shook up Dela Torre with a hard combination.
The hard punches were raining down from both in the fourth. Nyambayar was landing the flashier punches. In the fifth, a cut opened up above Dela Torre's right eye. Nyambayar continued to land the better punches. They traded hard right hands near the end of the round.
Nyambayar was landing solid shots to the head and body at the start of the sixth and continued to outland Dela Torre for most of the round.
A big shot connected to Dela Torre's chin in the seventh and really shook him up. Dela Torre's mouthpiece went flying and that created a break to help him recover.
Nyambayar once again rocked Dela Torre and had him in serious trouble in the eight and final round. Dela Torre managed to stay up on his feet and survived until the last bell.
ON THE UNDERCARD
Kicking off the card, heavyweight Marlo Moore (1-0) had a successful pro debut stopping Oswaldo Ortega (3-7).
Up next was Oluwafemi Oyeleye (4-0) who won a hard fought unanimous decision over Brandon Adams (4-6-1) in their super welterweight bout.
Super lightweight prospect Darwin Price improved to 13-0 with a shutout over Angel Hernandez (12-9-2). The scores were 60-54 on all three scorecards.
Mayweather Promotions veteran Lanell Bellows (17-3-1) picked up another KO, stopping Fabiano Pena (15-9-1) in 7 rounds in their super middleweight showdown.
Super bantamweight prospect Angelo Leo (10-0) picked up a stoppage win over Basilio Nieves (10-5).
Later tonight former super welterweight world champion Ishe Smith (29-8) faces former title challenger Julian Williams (33-1-1) in the main event of a Bounce TV televised Premier Boxing Champions card. Light heavyweight veteran Lionell Thompson faces unbeaten Earl Newman (10-0-1) in the co-feature bout.