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Wanheng Menayothin suffers shock defeat to Petchmanee CP Freshmart

Wanheng had held the WBC minimumweight title since 2014

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

TBE’s unbeaten record is DOA.

Now-former WBC minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin tasted defeat for the first time in his 13-year professional career earlier today, dropping a unanimous decision to countryman Petchmanee CP Freshmart.

You can watch a portion of the fight here.

Wanheng (54-1, 18 KO) was fighting for the first time since announcing, and later recanting, his retirement over health issues and frustration with his inability to secure a fight. He’d been slated to make his U.S. debut in April against Marco John Rementizo, only for the coronavirus to intervene. If he does end up making it stateside, it’ll be without that shiny 0.

Petchmanee (35-1, 22 KO), whose only prior bout of note saw him drop a majority decision to Xiong Chiaozhong in 2017, reportedly built an early lead that Wanheng could not overcome, resulting in a trio of 115-113 scores.

At 35, Wanheng is profoundly long in the tooth for the weight, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to reclaim a world title in what time he has left. Still, even if this is the end, it was a hell of a run.

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