Earlier this year we brought you the story that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (38-0, 13) was going to defend his title against South Korean fighter Young Kil Bae (26-4-1, 21) on June 2nd in Bangkok. That bout was signed and sealed, until Bae sadly suffered an injury which forced him to be replaced from the contest.
In the end Bae's injury saw his place being taken by Filipino champion Jerry Tomgodan, who was stopped in 9 rounds by Menayothin.
Now it's been announced that Bae will get his shot at the champion, with the teams agreeing to stage the bout on November 27th.
According to the promoter of the show, Petchyindee, the bout will air on Channel 7 as part of a 3 hour card from the Phitsanulok town hall. The only other bout currently announced for the show will see former world champions collide as Oleydong Sithsamerchai (56-1-1, 21) battles Pornsawan Porpramook (28-6-1, 17)
For Wanheng this will be his third defense of the title this year, and it's expected to be his final defense before he will be forced to fight in a mandatory defense, likely against Denver Cuello. As for Bae it will be his first world title fight.
Interestingly Bae is married to fellow fighter Hee Jung Yuh, who fights Naoko Fujioka for the WBO Female Bantamweight title in October in Japan. If both Bae and Yuh score the upsets they will become one of a very small number of couples to have each won world titles.
Young Kil Bae out of world title fight with Wanheng Menayothin!
Wanheng Menayothin set to defend title against Korean foe!
(Image courtesy of AK Promotions)