Today we saw Wanheng make the second of his world title, though again he took on a less than stellar opponent, as he faced Filipino national champion Jerry Tomogdan (17-6-3, 9). On paper Tomogdan had nothing to trouble the Thai and it showed in the ring as the champion quickly established control of the action and never really looked like being tested.
From the off we saw Wanheng figuring out his over-matched challenger whilst applying his trademark educated pressure. There was never anything rushed from the Thai who seemed able to get inside and land solid early on. Whilst the shots were solid none of them were concussive, that is one of Wanheng's flaws, but each shot seemed to slowly demoralise the challenger.
The WBC's open scoring at the end of round 4 said almost everything that needed to be said with 2 of the judges having the bout a white wash, whilst the third judge some how managed to give Tomogdan a pity round. Sadly for the Filipino the beating had only just begun.
In rounds 5 and 6 Wanheng moved up a gear and it was clear that his pressure was taking it's toll on the challenger who wasn't helped by the crowd cheering loudly every time he was tagged. It was clear the fans were enjoying seeing their man go to work on Tomogdan, despite the huge gulf in ability between the two men.
Having fallen even further behind by the start of the 9th round it was clear that the Filipino would need a knockout to claim the title. That was always going to be a huge ask given that Wanheng is defensively sound and that Tomogdan doesn't really have fight changing power. What was looking more likely was that Tomogdan was going to wilt completely from the pressure and accuracy of Wanheng who was landing almost at will.
Eventually that pressure told with the Filipino being dropped from a left hand to the body. It was clear he was done and he chose to take the full count on his knees, accepting defeat to a much better fighter.
Whilst this was an easy defense for the champion we are now expecting to see him facing a mandatory challenger before the year is over. Interestingly that could be Tomogdan's compatriot Denver Cuello, who would make for a really good fight with Wanheng. On paper a Wanheng Vs Cuello bout would be the toughest for the Thai so far, and the biggest threat to his unbeaten record whilst it would give Cuello his second shot at a title, following a defeat to Xing Zhao Zhong back in 2013.