(May 30th) Tomorrow night, Friday, May 31st, World Boxing Council World Champion Wanheng Menayothin aka Chayaphon Moonsri will make the tenth defense of his Minimumweight title when he rematches Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuhara at City Hall, Chachoengsao, Thailand.
Since stopping Oswaldo Novoa in nine roundsto claim the WBC Minimiumweight strap back on November 6th 2014, the 33-year-old Moonsri, 52-0, 18Ko’s carrying the best record of all the current world champions has won sixteen straight boutsmost recently adding title defense wins over Leroy Estrada (16-2), Pedro Taduran (12-1) and Mektison Marganti (4-9-1) since his 118-110, 117-113, 116-112 unanimous decision win over Fukuhara in their first meeting November 25th 2017.
Since the first meeting the 30-year-old, Fukuhara, 21-6-6, 7Ko’s a southpaw, enters coming off back to back eight and ten round unanimous decision wins over Yuto Takahashi and Naoya Haruguchi.
While potential title unification fights with Simpiwe Konkco, Vic Saludar, DeeJay Kriel and Thammanoon Niyomtrong loom large Moonsri’s tenth title defense, no small feat by any means falling well short of Hall of Famer, Ricardo “Finito” Lopez (51-0-1, 38Ko’s) 21 title defenses has been lost to much of the banter surrounding tomorrows fight centering on Moonsri’s so called padding of his Marciano / Mayweather surpassing potential 53-0.
Addressing the level of competition of Moonsri’s current 52-0 in direct comparison to Marciano (49-0) and Mayweather (50-0) historically in terms of numbers the minimumweight division is a less competitive.
To help put it in perspective, Marciano’s record, it is a heavy weight record as many lower weight division fighters could have retired at 49-0 but battled on.
Jimmy Wilde went 96-0-1 to start career that went 132-3-1, 99Ko’s
Julio Cesar Chavez won his first 87 finishing 108-6-2, 85Ko’s
Packey McFarland 70-0-5, 50Ko’s
Jimmy Barry 58-0-10, 39Ko’s
Carlos Zarate 52-0 51Ko’s then lost to unbeaten Wilfredo Gomez not an 0-0 pro debuter
Sugar Ray Robinson went 40-0, lost to Jake LaMotta won next 88 finishing up 174-19-6, 109Ko’s
Joe Calzaghe 46-0 ret
Ricardo López 51-0-1, 38Ko’s defended title 21 times
Rocky Marciano retired 49-0, 43Ko’s
Marcel Cerdan 45-0 finished 111-4, 65Ko’s
Rubén “El Púas” Olivares could have retired 61-0-1 but fought on retiring 89-13-3, 79Ko’s.
As far as Floyd Mayweather Jr’s selective 50-0 his choice of Andre Berto as an opponent for so the called historical #49 tying bout there lies a small shadow as it appears just a tad “selective” as Berto had already suffered losses to Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero who Mayweather had already beaten. Especially when you consider that the great Harry Greb fought and won an unprecedented 44 times in 1917.