29 Aug 2018

Wednesday, August 29th: Today was a significant day and milestone in the professional boxing career of Thailand’s Wanheng Meenayothin.

Not only did he successfully defend his coveted WBC minimum-weight (105Lbs) world title, but he also surpassed his and Floyd Mayweather’s record of 50-0 as a professional boxer.

The Title Defence:
Today’s contest was against Filipino pugilist Pedro Taduran, a 21-year old known as the ‘Rattlesnake.’ There were glimpses of a sting in his tail during today’s encounter, but that sting wasn’t enough to end the champions incredible unbeaten run in the professional ranks.

The opening two rounds saw the champion land a multitude of clean and effective power shots to the head and body of his opponent.

In the third round the challenger came to life, so to speak, when he set off to the races early landing some quick left hands off the southpaw stance.

Rounds four, five, six and seven were a mixed bag of Wanheng landing shots with power and timing whilst the challenger looked to make these rounds a dog fight.

Round eight was a bit lacking in energy as both fighters looked to re energize their batteries and it was the continued low-blows from the Filipino which eventually earned him a point deduction from the referee.

Rounds nine and ten again went the way of the champion as he went to work on his opponent with some venomous right hands — but to question the toughness of Pedro Taduran would be to question your own sanity as he took some heavy punishment during these two rounds — and still kept coming forward.

The eleventh and penultimate round was one of timidness as both pugilists seemed a little tree — but you could forgive them for this — again Pedro’s sloppiness forced the referee to penalize him and deduct a point for low-blows.

The twelfth and climatic round saw the reigning 105Lb world champion land four big power-shots to seal a victory which was already sealed much earlier in the contest.

The final bell rang — the judges scores were read aloud: 118-108, 115-111 and 117-110 — it was the anticipated unanimous victory for Wangheng and he now extends his stunning unbeaten run to fifty-one wins from fifty-one professional forays into the squared circle.

On behalf of WBC Asia President Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi and the entire Asian Boxing Council team we would like to congratulate Wangheng on his continued success.


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