Panya Pradabsri Looks to Repeat Performance vs Wanheng Menayothin in Rematch!
After dethroning longtime WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (Chayaphon Moonsri) (55-1, 19KOs) in November of 2020, Panya Pradabsri (37-1, 23KOs) will look to repeat that performance in their upcoming rematch. The sequel to their initial encounter will take place on January 25 in Thailand.
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Prior to the two men clashing, then champion Menayothin briefly retired. However, after careful consideration, he would end his short lived retirement.
Prior to them fighting, Pradabsri was a major underdog as the champion was noted for winning 54 straight contests with twelve title defenses. However, once the two men stepped in the ring, the roles were reversed. After twelve rounds of close action, Pradabsri would be announced as the winner. The scores were all 115-113.
Since the first fight, both men went their separate ways. Thoughts of a rematch were entertained about, but nothing until now materialized. In his first title defense, Pradabsri throughly defeated Danai Ngiabphukhiaw by unanimous decision earlier this month.
As for Menayothin, he made extremely easy work of Jinnawat Rienpit, knocking him out in three rounds earlier this month. With both men getting through their presumed warmup bouts, their rivalry is set to be reignited in 2022.
Will Menayothin be able to exact revenge or will Pradabsri be able to show the boxing world that their first fight was no fluke? Tune in on January 25 to get those answers.
Hopefully the winner of this bout moves on to fight the other champions in the division in unification bouts. The champions include WBO champ Wilfredo Mendez, IBF champ Rene Mark Cuarto and WBA champ Knockout CP Freshmart (Thammanoon Niyomtrong). In a division full of talented fighters, there’s no guy that can be pegged as the best fighter and face of the division. That desperately needs to change in 2022.
By: Jerrell Fletcher