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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Menayothin Marches To 50-0; Surpasses Marciano

pic Sumio Yamada
pic Sumio Yamada

By Derek Bonnett


Big news in boxing’s lightest division often goes unnoticed, but WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin’s latest victory transcends weight divisions and moves him into boxing history. After stopping highly rated Leroy Estrada in three rounds, Menayothin joined Floyd Mayweather Jr. in surpassing Rocky Marciano’s legendary record for the time being.


Thailand’s Menayothin, 32, notched the ninth defense of his title in achieving a monumental boxing benchmark. Laudably, Menayothin reaches the history books after one of his finest performances against one of his most formidable opponents. After five victories in 2017, two of which saw the champion hard-pressed, Menayothin crept up on and matched Marciano’s 49-0 perfect record. However, due to those two competitive outings, Estrada looked like a valid spoiler to preserve Floyd Mayweather’s claim to fame at 50-0. Instead, Menayothin, with virtually his right hand alone, dismantled Panama’s Estrada in five rounds.



The Thai champion could not miss with his right hand seemingly and dropped his challenger twice in the third, twice in the fourth and again in the fifth.  After four rounds, the champion led by seven and eight points on the judges’ cards. In moving to 50-0-0, Menayothin scored his eighteenth KO as a professional. Estrada, a young 23, still has time to rebound in the rankings and has amassed good experience in a short-time. Estrada fell to 16-3-0 (6). The 105 pound weight class has seen Menayothin and fellow countryman Knockout CP Freshmart pass the number one ranking back and forth at SecondsOut. In crushing Estrada, Menayothin has claimed the top spot. A showdown between the two Thai world champions would be something special and would place the victor among the finest boxers  to have fought at minimumweight including Ricardo Lopez, Ivan Calderon, and Roman Gonzalez.

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