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Wanheng Menayothin vs. Petch CP Freshmart Title Fight Set, November 27 In Thailand

The sport’s longest reigning active titlist returns to defend his throne.

Unbeaten strawweight champ Wanheng Menayothin will attempt the 13th defense of his title as he faces countryman Petchmanee CP Freshmart (birthname Panya Pradabsri). The bout will take place November 27 at a location be determined in Thailand, Menayothin’s team announced on Monday.

The bout will come three weeks after Menayothin (54-0, 18KOs)—who turns 35 in late October—reaches his six-year anniversary as WBC strawweight champ, outlasting any other current title reign. The diminutive boxing cult favorite opened 2020 with designs of making his long-awaited United States debut, with the entirety of his 13-plus year career having been spent in his home country. Original plans called for an April 25 title defense versus Marco John Rementizo, which was to have served as part of a loaded DAZN-USA show from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

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Like most other events scheduled for that time, the show was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With it also went any hopes for Menayothin to take his act stateside, given global travel restrictions.

Instead, he will enjoy a local voluntary title defense in making the best of the current health crisis.

CP Freshmart (34-1, 22KOs) receives his first career title fight, coming immediately off of his most recent ring appearance. The 29-year old Bangkok native scored a 4th round knockout of Wichet Sengprakhon this past Friday in Rangsit, Thailand, with the win marking his return to the strawweight division after having campaigned at junior flyweight for the past two years.

Even in the midst of a pandemic, the upcoming title challenge will mark the fourth fight this year for CP Freshmart, who has won 16 straight since a heartbreaking 12-round majority decision defeat to Chaozhong Xiong in October 2017.

According to our friends at AsianBoxing.info, a request has been made by event handlers for the WBC to use all regionally based officials for the event. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen; longtime and recently re-elected WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced during the sanctioning body’s annual convention of the intention to utilize remote judging for the event—originally targeted for September—in efforts to help reduce costs and allow such shows to move forward.

Menayothin last fought in October 2019, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over South Africa’s Simpiwe Konkco in Chonburi, Thailand.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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Comment by TheGR8TESTOAT on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=Thraxox;20784790]Probably. He retired just months ago, then un-retired, I think he'll fight a couple more times then retire for good.[/QUOTE] man that would suck if he made it to 59 and on the 60th one they rob him!

Comment by Thraxox on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=TheGR8TESTOAT;20784781]dman I was wondering what he was up to and thats why I popped in this thread so its 55-0 now? u think hes going for 60-0?[/QUOTE] Probably. He retired just months ago, then un-retired, I think he'll fight a…

Comment by TheGR8TESTOAT on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=Thraxox;20783875]TBE going fir the legendary 55-0[/QUOTE] dman I was wondering what he was up to and thats why I popped in this thread so its 55-0 now? u think hes going for 60-0?

Comment by Ca$ual Fan on 09-29-2020

How many people are dying to see him lose? I think more eyes are getting drawn by this guy as of lately just waiting when the loss is gonna happen

Comment by rocktop on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=El_Cholo;20784348]gonna call the upset here. The opponent got decent power, works head and body and has a good uppercut.[/QUOTE] wanheng i heard was going half blind and why he wanted to retire so your prediction isnt far off

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