Over the weekend, WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18 KOs) shocked his local fans when he took to social media to announce his retirement from the sport of boxing.
Menayothin, who is 34-years-old, is now backing away from that announcement and deleted his posts from social media.
The boxer is promoted in the United States by Golden Boy Promotions.
He was scheduled to make his U.S. debut for the promotional company earlier this year as part of a show in Los Angeles, but the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Menayothin spent his entire career in Thailand.
Menayothin's last fight took place back in October 2019, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Simiwe Konkco.
"I have decided that it's good to stop boxing. My parents, siblings have never been in boxing. I'm decide everything for myself. I know how I feel. No one knows my body as much as I do. Everyone needs money. But I would like to heal my body. Congratulations to everyone who supports me. Thank you for all the strength that you have always given me," Menayothin stated in a now deleted post.
The WBC's Asian Boxing Council spoke to the boxer, who changed his mind about walking away.
"We are pleased to confirm that the current World Boxing Council minimum-weight world champion Wanheng Meenayothin has not retired from professional boxing. The champ will look to make his next defense of his WBC world title in the coming months," the WBC's Asian Boxing Council stated.
According to Asia Boxing, per statements to the Komthai media outlet, both the boxer and his manager confirmed that there won't be a retirement coming.
Apparently the boxer was dealing with some type of nasal injury, which caused him difficulty with breathing.
The Thai star began to make noise and get worldwide attention when his pro record began to inch close to the undefeated 50-0 streak of Floyd Mayweather, who himself retired back in 2017.
He officially surpassed Mayweather's record in August of 2018, when he reached 51-0 by winning a twelve round decision over Pedro Taduran.
He's also remained close to the World Boxing Council for his entire career.
Menayothin won the WBC's Youth title, the WBC interim-International title, and the WBC's International silver title. He finally won the WBC's full minimumweight championship in 2014 when he stopped Oswaldo Novoa in nine rounds.
After capturing the WBC title, he made twelve defenses against a who's who in the rankings.