Current WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (48-0, 17) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] has a reputation for having easy fights, and has really racked up his record against low tier opposition, though has managed to step up with notable wins in recent years against the likes of Oswaldo Novoa, Jeffrey Galero, Saul Juarez and Melvin Jerusalem. This morning it was revealed that his next bout is now set to be announced, with sources in Japan breaking the news a few hours ago.
The reports state that the WBC champion will be defending his title on November 24th against former WBO champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-5-6, 7) [福原 辰弥], in what will be Fukuhara's first bout since losing the WBO crown in August to Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4) [山中 竜也].
According to the sources reporting the news the bout will take place in Thailand, with Yamanaka serving as the last voluntary defense before the champion will be forced to fight his next mandatory.
Wanheng is quickly approaching the magic 50-0, which would likely now be his mandatory title fight, and this defense against Fukuhara will be the Thai's 8th since winning the title back in November 2014. He hasbeen busy with both defenses and stay busy bouts,as we typically see from Thai's and he will likely be looking to continue that activity in 2018 as he attempts to extend his unbeaten record.
As for Fukuhara he won the WBO interim title earlier this year with a win over Moises Calleros, but lost in his first defense to Ryuya Yamanaka. Prior to claiming the world title Fukuhara had held the Japanese title, winning that in November 2015, and quickly made 3 defenses before moving into the Calleros fight. Notably this will be Fukuhara's third bout in Thailand, where he is unbeaten with a 1-0-1 record, including a draw against Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
From what we understand the bout will be officially announced later this week with press conferences set for October 13th.
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