Thai boxing star Wanheng Menayothin has just bettered Floyd Mayweather‘s undefeated record of 50-0 after winning his 51st victory in Thailand.
Menayothin, born as Chayaphon Moonsri, just retained his WBC mini-flyweight title after defeating Pedro Taduran via unanimous decision last Wednesday. He was a strawweight titlist who just moved to a 51-0 record, surpassing Mayweather who just retired last August.
It was his 10th successful title defence when the “Dwarf Giant” (51-0, 18 KOs) retained his 105-pound world title at his home in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand.
Taduran showed his durability over 12 rounds, having his best moments in the fifth round before fading in the second half of the fight. Menayothin has held the WBC strap since 2014, and the victory over Taduran was his eleventh successful defence.
Menayothin has been chasing the American boxing superstar’s record from the first time he hinted about his retirement. Mayweather, however, has never fully closed the door on coming out of his retirement.Mayweather retired with a record of 50-0. (Photo: Hypebeast)
Rather focus on the tough fighter
Despite this, the 32-year-old fighter said he has never really put too much significance on his record. On a pre-fight interview he said:
“I don’t think much about that at all. I rather focus on the tough fighter who will come in throwing punches at me.”
On his fight against Menayothin, Taduran was able to show durability up to the 12th round. However, his best moment lasted until the fifth round before fading on the rest.
Menayothin won via unanimous decision with judges’ scores 118-108, 117-110 and 115-111. The Thai boxer has held the WBC belt since 2014 before gaining his 11th victorious defence yesterday.
Mayweather, on the other hand, broke Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 last August when he won via 10th round stoppage against UFC’s Conor McGregor during their phenomenal fight last year.
Menayothin was able to match Mayweather’s 50-0 record after a fifth-round knockout of mandatory challenger Leroy Estrada in May.
Watch the record-breaking fight below:
By comparison, Mayweather has won world titles in five weight divisions and defeated some legends in the sport as Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. Menayothin has never fought above boxing’s smallest weight category and boxed all of his fights inside Thailand.