Wanheng Menayothin Defeats Tatsuya Fukuhara again!
Wanheng Menayothin pushed his record to 53-0 with a technical decision win over Tatsuya Fukuhara on Friday, May 31.
Menayothin sustained a brutal cut from an accidental headbutt during the bout. He would retain the WBC minimumweight championship, as the fight was sent to the score cards in the 8th round due to the ringside doctor not being able to stop the bleeding.
The bout was a rematch of the pair’s November 2017 match-up in which Menayothin also won by unanimous decision. With the win, he has now defended his title 11 times over a near five-year reign.
While speaking on the rematch, the Thai fighter spoke about how fortunate he is the fight was still able to go his way even after sustaining the cut. He also noted that they tried not to counter-punch with his taller opponent, but Fukuhara had made adjustments from their previous fight which made it more difficult.
The champion also said he would like to have his first fight outside of his home nation, while his promoter remarked that they had never been invited to have such a fight.
Nevertheless, having such a gaudy record draws Menayothin comparison to several other greats from time to time. Although, those in the know feel its unwarranted.
In between title fights, the WBC champion has taken several fights against non-championship level opposition. Staying busy isn’t a bad a thing, and its a tradition brought over from his Muay Thai days.
However, this will not yield the Thai star the recognition that should come along with such an impressive record. He would do better to challenge some impressive names instead of racking up numbers.
By: Tanner Gill