Earlier today we got huge news from Thailand in regards to WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) [วันเฮง มีนะโยธิน], aka Chayaphon Moonsri, as his team announced his next defense of the Gold and Green belt.
The unbeaten champion, who not only sports a very good looking 54-0 record but is also the longest reigning active world champion, having held his title since November 2014. During that lengthy reign he has massed 12 defenses of the belt, the most for that particular title since Ricarod Lopez made 21 defenses in the 1990's.
The announcement regarding Wanheng is that he will return to the ring on November 27th to defend his belt against fellow Thai Petchmanee CP Freshmart (34-1, 22), aka Panya Pradabsri, who recently dropped down to Minimumweight to chase a world title shot at 105lbs.
Interestingly both men were in action this past Friday at the Rangsit International Stadium. The show there saw Petchmanee pick up the WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title, with a win over Wichet Sengprakhon, who retired in his corner. On the same broadcast Wanheng shared the ring for a short televised spar with WBA world champion Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท].
At the moment there is no confirmed venue for the bout, though it will be taking place, unsurprisingly, in Thailand.
For Wanheng this will be his 55th professional and his 13th title defense, and will be taking place when he's 35 year's old, ancient for a Minimumweight. During his long reign he has beaten the likes of Simpiwe Konkco, Tatsuya Fukuhara, Pedro Taduran, Melvin Jerusalem and Saul Juarez, but does lack a legitmate career defining win.
For the challenger this will be his second major bout, following a close loss in China to Xiong Zhao Zhong back in 2017. That loss was in a WBA International title fight, which lead to Zhong facing Knockout CP Freshmart for the WBA world title soon after. Since that loss he has picked up 16 straight wins, though his opposition has been a mix of low level foes, the best of which being the likes of Dexter Alimento, Robert Onggocan and Jerry Tomogdan. Despite his poor competition he has been knocking on the door of a world title fight, chasing a shot at Minimumweight, Light Flyweight and Flyweight.
The promoters behind the show have requested permission from the WBC to allow all the officials to be Thai's, given the on going global situation, and it appears they have been given the green light for that to happen.
To the best of our knowledge this will be the 14th time two Thai's have faced off in a world title bout and the first since November 5th 2010, when Kwanthai Sithmorseng beat Pigmy Kokietgym for the WBA Minimumweight.
Amazingly this appears to be the first time Wanheng has ever faced a Thai in professional, though he has twice faced Thai based fighters who were from abroad.
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Earlier today fight fans tuning in to Thai Channel 7, or the Petchyindee Facebook steam, got the chance to enjoy a show from the Rangsit International Stadium in Rangsit. The card, like many Thai shows, wasn't deep in terms of quality, but did feature a number of notable Thai's in what were, essentially, tick over bouts.
The most notable man in an fight was world ranked Thai Petchmanee CP Freshmart (34-1, 22), aka Panya Pradabsri, who picked up his latest win as he easily defeated the over-matched Wichet Sengprakhon (11-8, 6).
The talented Petchmanee was in control through out, and showed the gulf in class from the early going. Credit needs to go to Wichet for giving an effort, but in the end he was taking a lot of unanswered punishment and the bout was stopped between rounds 4 and 5, when the bout was becoming more and more one sided.
With the win Petchmanee claims the WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title.
Interestingly this broadcast also featured a notable public spar between world champions Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) [วันเฮง มีนะโยธิน], the WBC Minimumweight champion, and Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], the WBA Minimumweight champion,. Although it was only a spar it was still interesting to see the two men in the ring together and it was a pretty hotly contested spar between two men who certainly have some frustrations building given how 2020 has treat both men.
A recent Thai article on the excellent Komthai have revealed that Petchyindee and CPF have some big plans for the talented Panya Pradabsri (31-1, 20) [เพชรมณี ก่อเกียรติยิม], aka Petchmanee CPF.
At a recent event Panya's promoter revealed that they are looking to get their man a world title fight with either the WBO Light Flyweight champion or the WBA "regular" Light Flyweight champion.
The Thai, who has won 13 in a row following a very questionable decision in China against Xiong Zhao Zhong, is currently ranked by the WBO (#3), WBA (#5) and WBC (#14) and is looking to make the most of those rankings. His team have expressed their desire for him to face either WBO champion Elwin Soto (16-1, 11), the hard hitting Mexican who shocked the division last year with a stoppage over Angel Acosta, or WBA regular champion Carlos Canizales (22-0-1, 17), the Venezuelan nightmare who has beaten a trio of notable Asia fighter since 2018.
Whilst they are the two men that Panya is targeting, the hope is to not only secure the fights, but also home advantages, something the fighter's team admitted wasn't going to be easy, but something they were going to do everything they could to secure.
Prior to that match up Panya will be in action later this month, in a tune up bout against an Iranian opponent with the hope being that he will just tick over as his team go to work behinds the scenes and look to land him a long awaited shot at the top.
Earlier today we were informed that Panya Pradabsri (29-1, 18), aka Petchmanee Kokietgym, would be back in the ring on December 20th as he takes on Filipino foe Jerry Tomogdan (29-10-4, 15) in Bangkok.
The once beaten Thai is said to be closing in on a WBO Light Flyweight world title bout with Elwin Soto, and Thai sources are reporting that if he wins here that will be the route he goes down. It's unclear at the moment if he'd just be getting at the champion or need an eliminator, but he is going to be going the WBO route.
Whilst Tomogdan isn't a gimme of an opponent, and is a solid enough regional level foe, it is assumed the Thai will easily defeat him and claim the OPBF "silver" Light Flyweight title.
Also on the card will be former world title challenger Noknoi Sitthiprasert (71-5, 44), who is now listed on boxrec by his birth name of Narast Aienleng, who is looking to secure a WBA Flyweight title fight next year against Artem Dalakian (19-0, 14). The highly experienced Noknoi will be up against Thai based Brazilian teenager Dionatha Santos Tobias (0-2), in what is a frankly disgusting looking mismatch.
For fans wanting to watch this card, it will be shown live on Channel 7, from 13:45 local time, with a 2 hour time slot being set aside for the broadcast.
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