Earlier today we were informed, from several Thai sources, that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (40-0, 15) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] would be returning to the ring on March 3rd to defend his title, for the 4th time. The sources haven't just pinned down a date for Wanehng's next bout but also his opponent, Japan's Go Odaira (12-4-3, 1) [大平 剛], and an area for the fight, Nakhon Ratchasima.
It seems that the bout has been rubber stamped by the WBC as well, who are happy to allow Wanheng to stay busy rather than waiting for a mandatory challenger to be announced, which must be a frustrating decision for Denver Cuello who appears to have been messed about by the WBC once again.
The unbeaten champion won the title back in 2014 November 2014, when he stopped Oswaldo Novoa in 9 rounders. Since then he has defended the title against 3 relatively low profile challengers in the form of Jeffrey Galero, Jerry Tomgdan and Young Gil Bae, with Galero being the only one to last the distance. Sadly whilst he is the champion, and arguably the best fighter at 105lbs, his competition has been thoroughly uninspiring since the won the title, and it's fair to say that Odaira isn't a huge step up in competition for the Thai.
For Odaira, a former Japanese national champion, this will be his second world title fight and will see him looking to do better than he did last time he fought for a world title, when he was stopped against Katsunari Takayama on December 31st 2014. Despite that loss some were impressed by Odaira's skill and speed, which had actually taken him to a lead on the cards after 4 rounds, before Takayama managed to score a 6th round stoppage.
Whilst the bout has yet to be formerly announced this is looking like to be confirmed as a done deal in the coming weeks.
For those who haven't seen the two men, we have featured a video of both below.
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