Has 54-0 Boxing Champion Wanheng Menayothin Officially Retired?
A few days ago, a man who quietly broke Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated record called it a career. Thailand’s Wanheng Menayothin announced his retirement from boxing, ending a run that started in 2007. It appears, however, that not everything is what it appears.
The WBC Minimumweight Champion has halted his fast retirement, according to the WBC.
“We are pleased to confirm that the current World Boxing Council minimum-weight world champion Wanheng Menayothin has not retired from professional boxing,” Asian Boxing Council stated, via Sky Sports.
“The champ will look to make his next defense of his WBC world title in the coming months.”
Menayothin won the WBC Youth World Minimumweight Title in his third career fight and defended it eight times. The former Muay Thai star eventually won the WBC Minimumweight Title, beating Oswaldo Novoa in 2014. He defended it twelve times, last fighting in October 2019. The 34-year-old beat Simphiwe Khonco via unanimous decision.
Meant to debut for Golden Boy this year, Menayothin retired before they could book him. He stated he wanted to heal his body and focus on his family.
“I have decided that it’s good to stop boxing,” Menayothin originally stated. “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.”
Now a path is clear for him to fight anyone on the roster. With Golden Boy expected to return to Los Angeles this summer, Menayothin could end up competing in America soon.