Update On Undefeated Boxer Wanheng Menayothin’s Next Move
One of the top boxers in Thailand, Wanheng Menayothin is officially looking to make his presence felt in the United States. It comes after an extremely brief retirement.
Menayothin (54-0) initially announced his retirement from boxing a few weeks ago. According to the Asian Boxing Council, that will not be happening. The man signed by Golden Boy decided to not hang up his gloves.
“It had a lot to do with the pandemic. There is a lot of uncertainty and sadness in the world,” Golden Boy President Eric Gomez stated to Sky Sports. “I think he felt frustrated with everything going on. I think he said it out of emotions.
“We have spoken to his handlers who told us it was something emotional. He saw what is going on around the world and boxing isn’t so important right now. But luckily they came back and said: ‘He will consider fighting again, he was just being emotional’. We said: ‘Great, we will support him.'”
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. Now, it appears he will put his undefeated record on the line, while also debuting for an American audience.
“We really want to bring him to the US so people can see how talented he really is,” Gomez ended up saying. “Once we get a date going for him, then we’ll look at opponents. But right now? We’re just happy he isn’t retired and is fighting again.
“To expose him in the US. To get him publicity in the US, because he really is a terrific fighter. He’s very, very good. The best guy in his division. He’s one of the best fighters in the world.”