By Carlos Costa, photos by Sumio Yamada
Nakhon Ratchasima, THAILAND -- Both, WBC Minimumweight world champion Wanheng Menayothin (49-0, 17 KO'S) of Thailand as well as mandatory challenger Leroy Estrada (16-2, 6 KO's) of Panama scaled-in at the limit of the division, 105 lbs, during the official weigh-in ceremony just held moments ago at Sami Thani Hotel in Khorat, Nakhon Ratchasima.
The two men will square-off of the WBC Minimumweight world title at an open air ring set in front of Khoral City Hall at 3 PM (Thailand Time).
The third man for the clash will be veteran American referee former US Army officer Mr. Jay Nady of Las Vegas.
The judges are Mr. Yoshizaku Furuta and Mr. Yuji Fukuchi of Japan, and Jae Bong Kim of South Korea; and the WBC supervisor Mr. Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, Excecutive Secretary General of the Japan Boxing Commission.
If Wanheng Menayothin (49-0) scores a win (as widely expected), he would have tied the 50-0 unbeaten record held by boxing super star Floyd Mayweather, and Menayothin has vowed to do just that.
Will the world champion Menayothin, competing in boxing's lightest weight class, tie the record of mega star Floyd Mayweather? Or will the rather inexperienced Panama challenger achieve the unthinkable of defeating Wanheng Menayothin, a local, solid world champion making he ninth defense of his crown?
The author Carlos Costa of Panama, is a boxing judge and fight reporter based in the Philippines. He will attend the Menayothin vs Estrada WBC world title fight on May 2 in Khorat, Thailand. Carlos can be reached by email: [email protected] or by WhatsApp +639184538152