According to sources in the Philippines a deal has been reached for WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (43-0, 17) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] to defend his title against unbeaten Filipino Dexter Alimento (11-0, 7), in November.
At the moment there is no set date or venue, but those are expected to be sorted out shortly.
For Wanheng the bout will be his 6th title defense, and his third this year. He won the title back in November 2014, when he stopped Oswaldo Novoa, and although he hasn't had the best of defenses so far he did recently defeat mandatory challenger Saul Juarez in what was a genuinely outstanding win, even if the fight it's self wasn't the best.
Widely regarded as one of the top Minimumweight's Wanheng has one of the sports longest unbeaten runs. His records lack in terms of notable wins but victories over the likes of Ardin Diale, Florante Condes, Novoa, Go Odaira and Juarez do give him some depth to his resume. Sadly though it seems unlikely that we will be seeing Wanheng face many of the division's best fighters in the near future.
For Alimento the bout is his first shot at a world title and sees him return to the country where he scored his most notable win to date, a tragic win over Chanachai CP Freshmart, back in January. Since his win over Chanachai We've only seen Alimento fight once, winning the MinProBA Light Flyweight title with a decision win over the very experienced but limited Rodel Tejares.
For the 20 year old Filipino this will be a huge step up in class. Given his age a loss certainly won't be the end, and although he will be the clear under-dog he will be there to win and take the title back home with him. It's a very tough bout but it's certainly one that he and his team will believe he win.
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