According to sources in the Philippines a deal has been reached for WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (43-0, 17) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] to defend his title against unbeaten Filipino Dexter Alimento (11-0, 7), in November.
At the moment there is no set date or venue, but those are expected to be sorted out shortly.
For Wanheng the bout will be his 6th title defense, and his third this year. He won the title back in November 2014, when he stopped Oswaldo Novoa, and although he hasn't had the best of defenses so far he did recently defeat mandatory challenger Saul Juarez in what was a genuinely outstanding win, even if the fight it's self wasn't the best.
Widely regarded as one of the top Minimumweight's Wanheng has one of the sports longest unbeaten runs. His records lack in terms of notable wins but victories over the likes of Ardin Diale, Florante Condes, Novoa, Go Odaira and Juarez do give him some depth to his resume. Sadly though it seems unlikely that we will be seeing Wanheng face many of the division's best fighters in the near future.
For Alimento the bout is his first shot at a world title and sees him return to the country where he scored his most notable win to date, a tragic win over Chanachai CP Freshmart, back in January. Since his win over Chanachai We've only seen Alimento fight once, winning the MinProBA Light Flyweight title with a decision win over the very experienced but limited Rodel Tejares.
For the 20 year old Filipino this will be a huge step up in class. Given his age a loss certainly won't be the end, and although he will be the clear under-dog he will be there to win and take the title back home with him. It's a very tough bout but it's certainly one that he and his team will believe he win.
Earlier today it was announced that unbeaten Filipino Dexter Alimento (10-0, 7) would be back in the ring on March 31st, as he attempts to claim the MinProBa Light Flyweight title.
The youngster came to the attention of the boxing world in January, when he beat Chanachai CP Freshmart in Chiang Rai for the WBC Youth Minimumweight title. This will be his first bout since that one and will see him battle against the very experienced Rodel Tejares (20-37-6, 5).
If Alimento wins it would see him become a 2-weight MinProBA champion, having already reigned at 105lbs. For Tejares the bout is a chance to end a 16 fight win-less run, though it's likely that that run will continue unless Alimento is left a broken fighter mentally following the bout in Thailand.
For those who can't remember the fight with Chanachai, the Thai was left in a coma after collapsing in his corner. The bout had been exciting until the Thai collapsed, and had been a real eye opener in terms of giving Alimento a chance to show his ability. Hopefully the bout won't have left mental scares on the Filipino.
For those who didn't see the Alimento Vs Chanachai bout, we've included it below.
On Friday morning we saw distressing scenes as Thai youngster Chanachai CP Freshmart (5-1, 2) [ชนะชัย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] collapsed in the ring between rounds 8 and 9 of his bout with Dexter Alimento (10-0, 7). After collapsing Chanachai was taken to hospital in what looked to be a very serious condition.
Earlier today Thai sources reported an update on Chanachai's condition informing us that the youngster had indeed suffered a bleed on the brain, one they described as a "little" bleed, and was being kept in an intensive care unit (ICU) as doctors continued to do tests whilst working around the clock to try and help the fallen youngster. As well as being in the ICU there are brain specialists looking over him and analysing the tests results.
From what we understand Alimento was also taken to hospital, as a precaution, though there has been no news revealed in regards to him having any serious injury.
We hope to bring you more on this story as it develops and, of course, wish Chanachai a speedy recovery.
Alimento wasn't taken to hospital after the fight. We took information from the Thai media and have since been corrected by Alimento's manager Rey Marban
Earlier today Thai fans got the chance to see a tragic bout that saw the WBC Youth Minimumweight title change hands, going from local favouriteChanachai CP Freshmart (5-1, 2) [ชนะชัย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] to little known Filipino Dexter Alimento (10-0, 7). Unfortunately what was a fun bout for 8 rounds ended in a really worrying and scary manner.
The fight started with Chanachai trying to apply pressure but it was clear that Alimento knew what to expect and boxed excellently using his hand speed to land clean blows and his footwork to neutralise the aggression of the Thai.
The talented Filipino continued to find holes for his counter shots through out the early going and was happy to use Chanachai's aggression against him whilst landing crisp shots on the inside.
Despite the excellent boxing of the challenger he found himself down on the cards after 4 rounds, losing 39-37 on all 3 cards when they were made public.
Whilst the cards were certainly not reflective of the action in the ring they didn't seem to effect the Filipino too negatively, though did make him slightly more reckless at times. The action, after the open scoring, continued to see Chanachai pressing the action and Alimento looking for counters, which he continued to find far too easily, especially with the right hand's upstairs.
In round 8 the toll of those Alimento shots, and the effort Chanachai was putting in, took it's effect with the Filipino finishing the 8th with a huge assault. Chanachai saw it off, but it was clear he was coming undone and the judges were starting to appreciate the work of Chanachai, who had kept in touching distance on the cards, despite the scores all being 77-75 for Chanchai after 8 rounds.
Sadly prior to round 9 Chanchai appeared to pass out in his corner and his team tried all they could to revive him in the ring. Unfortunately their attempts appeared to fail and he was later carried out of the ring on a stretcher with Alimento seen in tears at his fallen adversary.
At the moment we've not had any news on Chanachai's status and we do him the best, but given the state he was in the signs aren't good for the Thai who had looked like one of the most exciting youngsters in the sport prior to today's bout.
Whilst Alimento shined, and scored his biggest win to date, it's fair to say that it's not the way he would have wished to have won and the scenes will likely live with the young Filipino for the rest of his career.
We have included the video of the fight below but please be aware their are some very worrying scenes at the end of the fight.
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