Earlier today news broke from Thailand that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] would be making his next defense on March 1st.
Over the last few months the Thai had been linked to fights in on the road against Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼], in Japan in April, and Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心], this past December, also in Japan, but sadly it seems like his first bout on Japanese soil will now be pushed back.
Instead the news from Thailand today is that the unbeaten world champion will instead be fighting in Chonburi against former foe Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] who has won 2 bouts since losing a very competitive bout with Wanheng in November 2017.
For Wanheng the bout will be his 11th defense of the WBC world title, a title he won back in November 2014, when he stopped Oswaldo Novoa. Although his reign is the longest active one for any man in the sport he is best known for surpassing the 50-0 record of Floyd Mayweather Jr, something he did last year when he defeated Pedro Taduran in August, and moved to 51-0.
For Fukuhara the bout would be his second shot at Wanheng, and if we're being honest he was a lot more competitive than the score-cards suggested in their first bout, and would give him a second chance to become a 2-time world champion, having previously held the WBO title.
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