This past Tuesday we saw Wanheng Menayothin (38-0, 13) make the second defense of his WBC Minimumweight title as he easily saw off Filipino challenger Jerry Tomogdan. The bout, which was put together on short notice, was Wanheng's third "World level" bout in less than 7 months and the fighter himself appears to want to keep active.
We know he's got a mandatory title fight hanging over his head, albeit one against a fighter yet to be decided. It seems instead of waiting to see who becomes his mandatory Wanheng will instead squeeze in another voluntary defense.
The plan, as stated in an interview following his win over Tomogdan, is to return in in October in Udon Thani before facing a mandatory in December.
From what we've been told by Pal, our great Thai source, is that the October bout will likely be the scheduled bout with Korean fighter Young Kil Bae (26-4-1, 21). Bae was originally the opponent for the June 2nd bout but was forced out of it following a training injury which then left Wanheng's promotional team scrambling for a foe, which is where Tomogdan came in.
In the long term, if Wanheng gets through his two planned defense, the hope is to travel to Japan to unify with one of the Japanese title holders, either IBF champion Katsunari Takayama or the recently crowned WBO champion Kosei Tanaka. Of course whilst Wanheng may be planning to face those two they seem to have eyes on each other and maybe possibly be moving up in weight before too long.
If Wanheng was to go through Bae in October, either Raul Garcia or Denver Cuello in December and either Tanaka or Takayama in early 2015 he'd certainly strengthen his record which at times has been heavily criticised for lacking "notable wins".
Thanks so much to Pal for this update.
For those who missed the Tomogdan fight it can be seen below courtesy of tko.in.th.
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