Boxing News At Five | Aug 29 2018

Boxing News at Five: Menayothin is better than Mayweather, WBSS cruiserweight line-up is announced, Dubois spars Povetkin

Wanheng Menayothin, now 51-0, is officially better than Floyd Mayweather, while Mairis Briedis and Yunier Dorticos return for the WBSS season two
Floyd Mayweather

THE more Wanheng Menayothin keeps winning, and stretching his pro boxing record, the easier it is to forget the hype and hullabaloo that soundtracked Floyd Mayweather reaching 50-0 last year against a mixed martial artist. And that, I’m sure we’ll all agree, can only be a good thing.

Today in Thailand, Menayothin increased his unbeaten run to 51 fights, thus overtaking Mayweather in the pantheon of unbeatens, and did so with a decision win against an unheralded Filipino called Pedro Taduran Jr. It was, like Mayweather’s against McGregor, a win never in doubt. Taduran, after all, was having his first fight outside his home country and boasted a modest 12-2 (9) pro record, hardly the stats to strike fear into a WBC strawweight champion, much less dethrone him.

In the end, the 32-year-old Menayothin stemmed the aggression of a man 11 years his junior by using his accurate right hand to keep him at bay. He figured Taduran’s left style early and never allowed him to grab a foothold in the contest. It led to a relatively one-sided fight, during which Taduran was dedicated points for low blows, and scorecards of 118-108, 115-111 and 117-110.


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