As it's turned out the it seems Wanheng will not facing a fighter that we would have thought likely, and instead he will be facing Korean fighter Young Kil Bae (26-4-1, 21)*.
Bae is one of the many Korean fighters managed by AK Promotions who have taken their fighters over to Thailand to ply their trade rather than battle with all the politics and problems in Korea it's self. Whilst the move has been a smart one it has seen the organisation take some criticism for the way they've done things irregardless of those criticism one must admit they've done a miracle with Bae.
Just 4 years ago the Korean was 9-4-1 (4) with 3 of his 4 stoppages coming by knockout, including an opening round TKO defeat to Roque Lauro. Since then however he has strung together 17 straight KO's and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight , PABA Flyweight and WBO "interim" Asia Pacific Light Flyweight titles. Not only has he been active and winning bouts but he has also been making a name for himself in Thailand, where he has fought 13 times including 12 wins.
Sadly for Kim his run of wins have come at a very low level and it's hard to see him really testing Wanheng, who really deserves to criticised for this match up considering there were other options put to him earlier in the year.
We enjoy watching Wanheng, we like his style and his aggressiveness but defenses against Jeffrey Galero, last time out, and now Young Kil Bae have left us feeling disappointed in his reign. Thankfully though he is expected to have a mandatory title defense before the year is out and that should be a much more interesting contest than this one.
Wanheng Menayothin to return in June
(Image courtesy of AK Promotions)
*Bae has also fought as Myung Goo-Yuh and, like many AK fighters appears to be fighting under-multiple names. Under his birth name he is ranked #13 by the WBC at Light Flyweight, #13 by the WBA at Flyweight and #15 by the IBF at Flyweight though is unranked at Minimumweight. Also Bae is listed as being 27-4-1 (22) on AK's website.