World Boxing Council minimumweight champion, Thai Wanheng Menayothin (50-0, 18 KOs) will return to the ring on August 28, to make the tenth defense of his title, determined to improve his record to 51-0.
In victory, he would surpass the 50-0 record of five division world champion Floyd Mayweather, who retired from boxing last August after knocking out Conor McGregor in ten rounds.
His rival will be tough Filipino Pedro Taduran, who has a record of 12 wins with 9 knockouts and one defeat. Taduran, is ranked No. 14 in the World Boxing Council rankings. He`s the Philippine National Champion.
The fight will be in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand.
Menayothin, who had more than 200 amateur matches, has a long history with the WBC. He won the youth minimumweight belt in March 2007, successfully defending eight times, then won the WBC international title in December 2009, achieving 12 successful defenses. On November 6, 2014, he won the world minimumweight crown by knocking out Mexican Osvaldo "Gallito" Novoa.
IN OTHER NEWS: The USA Boxing Alumni Association has announced its second class to be inducted into its Hall of Fame, December 7, at the Radisson Hotel (215 S. Temple St.) in Salk Lake City, Utah.
The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2018 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior and Prep Open, Dec. 2-8, also held in Salt Lake City.
The Class of 2018 includes U.S. Olympic Team medalists and world (professional) champions Roy Jones, Jr., Andre Ward and Claressa Shields, as well as former USA Boxing National Director of Coaching Emanuel Steward and veteran USA Boxing official Tom Cleary. The latter two will be posthumously inducted.
This year's inductees were selected amongst a group of 17 nominees by the hundreds of registered USA Boxing Alumni Association members during the months of June and July.
"USA Boxing Alumni Association is extremely excited to honor this year's Hall of Fame class, as each inductee represents everything good that amateur boxing has to offer," said Chris Cugliari, USA Boxing Alumni Association Executive Director. "Last year's class contributed to a fantastic inaugural Hall of Fame reception and we're looking forward to recognizing this year's class with an even better event."
Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, --boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans -- The Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing's future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.
The charter class inducted last year included Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield, in addition to veteran coaches Roosevelt Sanders and Tom Coulter.