Monday, March 26th, 2018: The scene is set. We now have a confirmed date, opponent and location for Thailand’s Wanheng Meenyothin to make his next title defense of his coveted WBC minimum-weight (105lbs) world title.
The date is Wednesday the 2nd of May, the man who will face off against Wanheng (49-0-0) is Panamanian boxer Leroy Estrada (16-2-0) and the location is Korat City, in the kingdom of Thailand.
The indomitable Wanheng is looking to write history for a boxer from Thailand — if he can overcome formidable Estrada he will join an illustrious club, a club which at the moment only hosts retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr. as the founding member of the 50-0 club: to stay perfect within his boxing career and to retire with that record intact.
Mayweather hung up his gloves with an incredible professional record of 50 wins from 50 bouts — the first of those came against Mexican boxer Roberto Apodaca, and the crowning victory for Mayweather Jnr. was against MMA star Conor McGregor; don’t get me started on that being the fight that allowed him to go 50-0, but the record books speak for themselves.
Wanheng for his part started his professional boxing career back in 2007 in a bout against Philippines boxer Roel Gade, winning that encounter via a unanimous points decision. Fast forward to 2017 and his 49th straight victory in the pro-ranks was courtesy of yet another unanimous points decision - this time over Japanese boxer Tatsuya Fukuhara.
Let’s talk about Estrada, the challenger: he is currently ranked number 1 in the WBC minimum-weight (105lbs) world rankings. He holds a record of (16-2-0) — he made his professional debut back in 2010 against his compatriot, Davis Reyes, a bout he won via a unanimous decision.
Estrada’s most recent outing in the squared circle was a hard fought victory over highly rated Mexican boxer Saul Juarez (24-7-1), a bout that took place in May 2017 — Juarez also fought Wanheng back in 2016, losing that bout to the champion via a points decision.
So the stage is set: the Panamanian is coming to Thailand in search of ending the hopes and dreams of Wanheng, a man who himself is on a mission to solidify his greatness in the world of competitive boxing, looking to make his 9th defense of the world title that he first won back in 2014 against former title holder Oswaldo Novoa of México.
The intriguing question has got to be this? Will Wanheng hang up his gloves, should he overcome the formidable challenge that Estrada will bring, and join Mayweather in that aforementioned club, or will he decide to chase 51-0.....fascinating times ahead.