Opinion | Sep 01 2018

Don’t compare Wanheng Meenayothin to Floyd Mayweather… yet

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Wanheng Menayothin boxing results

THIS has been a memorable week for boxing in Thailand as Wanheng Meenayothin (Chayaphon Moonsri) won his 51st fight. It has been reported he’s now surpassed Floyd Mayweather’s unbeaten record but for that to truly happen,  Wanheng has either to retire now with 51 wins or not lose in the future.

The other milestone for a Thai fighter has also been achieved today (September 1). The 41-year-old former WBC bantam and super-featherweight champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (Sirimongkhon Iamthuam ) now has a 96-4 record, reaching 100 fights with victory over  Muhammad Nsubuga (0-7!) after a 24-year career.

I am not sure if any other Thai fighter has reached that total. He started out as a super-flyweight and in fight 100 he claimed the Thai light-heavyweight title which is curious considering Nsubuga is Ugandan. Between losing his WBC super-feather title to Jesus Chavez in 2003 and losing a fight to Uzbek Azizbek Abdugofurov for the WBC Asian Boxing Council middleweight title in February, he won 51 fights in a row.