Touted Mongolian knockout artist Tsendbaatar “Chinggis Khaan” Erdenebat (5-0, 3 KOs), signed to DiBella Entertainment earlier this year, will make his Broadway Boxing debut tonight, live on DAZN. The event begins at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.
Erdenebat grew up on the countryside steppes of the Mongolian grassland, living a nomadic lifestyle with his family, herding horses and livestock, which helped him to develop his lauded strength. His admiration for boxing began by watching Mike Tyson fights as a child and he had his first amateur bout at age 10.
As an amateur, Erdenebat was a two-time Olympian, competing in the 2016 Rio Games and 2020 Tokyo Games. Accumulating an impressive 147-41 record, Erdenebat won 11 Mongolian National titles, as well as gold medals at the AIBA Asian Championships twice, the 2018 Asian Games, and a bronze medal at the 2019 AIBA World Championships. He turned pro in September 2018 in China and made his US debut earlier this year in his first fight under the DiBella Entertainment banner. On February 23, Erdenebat earned a thrilling third-round stoppage victory against Giovanni Gutierrez, at Sony Hall, in Times Square, New York City. He is now trained by Manny Robles out of Legends Boxing Academy in Los Angeles, CA.
Erdenebat returns to Sony Hall tonight to take on fellow southpaw Edy Valencia Mercado (20-9-6, 7 KOs), of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, in an eight-round bout. The vacant NABF Junior super featherweight title will be on the line. Mercado, a Mexican featherweight titlist, went the distance with former world champion Jessie Magdaleno last May and has never been knocked out. Both fighters weighed in at 130 pounds. In preparation for this fight, Tsendbaatar spent part of his training camp working as a sparring partner for Ryan Garcia ahead of the Gervonta Davis fight.
“Tsendbaatar is a beast. He’s a fearless fighter with real knockout power and swagger. He has the potential to become a world champion. Together with his managers, Max Alperovich and Bulgantamir Enkh-erdene, we will provide him with the right opportunities to get there,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “I’m thrilled that his Broadway Boxing debut will be seen by a worldwide audience on DAZN.”
“I am so happy to be in this position right now. Working with a world-renowned promoter like DiBella Entertainment is a dream come true,” said Erdenebat. “I have been building toward this dream ever since I was a kid. It has been two months since I arrived and started training in the US and now I am about to fight for the second straight time in New York City. I can’t wait to put on another explosive performance for everyone at Sony Hall and those watching on DAZN. Watch me become the first to knock my opponent out and in devastating fashion.”
“Tsendbaatar is an all-action fighter,” said co-manager Max Alperovich. “He is like a mix between Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao. I am happy to be working again with Lou DiBella. I know that he will bring Tsendbaatar along the right way. Tsendbaatar is always well prepared and ready for any level opponent. The featherweight and super featherweight divisions should be put on notice. We are coming for the title belts.”
“I first met Tsendbaatar in the Mongolian nationals. I was fighting as a heavyweight at the time. When I moved to the US in 2019, I knew that I could be the one to help Tsendbaatar realize his gift and become the champion I know he’s capable of becoming. After reuniting with him, I worked to make the right connections and bring him to the US,” said co-manager Bulgantamir Enkh-erdene. “I’m thrilled to be working with DiBella Entertainment and can’t wait to see what the future brings. Tonight is his introduction to Broadway Boxing. Those sparring sessions he had with Ryan Garcia were high level and intense. I am excited to see what will happen this evening against an experienced opponent.”