Erdenebat Tsendbaatar, the two-time Olympian for Mongolia, has found himself at the center of a controversy surrounding the recent super fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis. Despite the negative attention he has received, Tsendbaatar has quickly learned that even negative publicity is still publicity.
The controversy began when Tsendbaatar posted a video on social media claiming that he hurt Garcia with a body shot during a sparring session. Following Garcia's subsequent claim that Tsendbaatar was leaking information to Davis' camp, Tsendbaatar felt the need to clarify his previous statement.
In response to the allegations, Tsendbaatar posted a message on his Instagram account, stating that the translation of his previous post was incorrect and that he did not speak English or like Davis. He also denied being a "mole" inside Garcia's training camp and expressed his desire to fight and knock out Davis in the future.
Despite the controversy, Tsendbaatar's name has trended more than ever before, and he can expect an expanded audience for his upcoming fight against Mexico's Edy Valencia. Although the matchup is not particularly competitive, it is an important step in Tsendbaatar's deliberate career start.
Tsendbaatar, who trains at Manny Robles' Legends Boxing Academy in California, has fought twice in Moscow and twice in China before making his way to the United States. He appeared in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while already beginning his professional career, losing to eventual gold medalist Artur Batyrgaziev.
While Tsendbaatar may not like the reasons for the attention he has received, he is not interested in a rivalry with Garcia and would love nothing more than to help his previous sparring partner. He encouraged Garcia to learn from their sparring sessions and wished him luck in the future.
Despite the negative attention surrounding him, Erdenebat Tsendbaatar has quickly learned that even negative publicity is still publicity. As he continues to develop in his career, Tsendbaatar can expect a growing audience and increased attention, even if it comes from controversial circumstances.