Boxing Bites: Wanheng bids to overhaul Mayweather on 51-0 / Barby hits 50 / Makiba v Makabu

RINGSIDE 13/08/2018

World Boxing Council minimumweight champion Thai Wanheng Menayothin (50-0, 18 KOs) is preparing for the tenth defense of his crown in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand on August 28th. 

Menayothin can then crack and break Floyd Mayweather’s fifty victories minus defeat record.

His rival will be tough Filipino Pedro Taduran, ranked number 14 on the World Boxing Council lists. He has a record of 12 wins with 9 knockouts and one loss.

Menayothin, who had more than 200 amateur fight, has a long history with the WBC. He won the WBC youth title in March 2007, successfully defending it 8 times, then won the WBC international title in December 2009, achieving 12 successful defenses.

On November 6, 2014, he won the world minimumweight crown by knocking out Mexican Osvaldo “Gallito” Novoa. The primary current aim is: “To go one better.”

WBC world bantamweight champion Mariana ‘Barby’ Juarez clocked up her 50th victory as a professional by defeating Japan’s  Terumi Nuki at the Mexico City Arena, securing a mega showdown with Jackie Nava.

The rematch was the mega-production of Promociones del Pueblo in association with Zanfer Promotions that reached millions of homes throughout Mexico.

“Barby” supreme,  as she won her 50th pro bout, successfully defended the WBC female bantamweight crown, overcoming a tough intrepid warrior, who despite her grit, was very soundly defeated.

Referee  Lennar Koivisto did not have to intervene very much as both ladies fought cleanly, asking and giving no quarter.

Mariana dominated throughout, intelligently using distance; whenever she could, landing a high volume of powerful well-directed shots.

After ten entertaining rounds, two of the judges scored 98-91 and the other  97-92.  The field is now clear and open for a much-anticipated fight against  Jakie ‘Princess Azteca’ Nava, which has been years in the anticipation.

After the battle Mariana ‘Barby’ Juarez and Jakie Nava offered a press conference to the media where they confirmed their long awaited coronation.  Only one will be crowned.

Gabonese fighter Taylor Mabika, who is based in France, will return to the ring two months after his victory over Nuri Sefri, in which he won the Francophone cruiserweight title of the WBC.

His opponent will be the former world crown challenger, Ilunga Makabu from the Congo. Mabika has a record of 19 wins, 10 knockouts and 2 losses, while Makabu has 20 fights with 19 wins, including 18 by knockout and just one loss.

The fight will be at the Grand Hotel in Kinshasa, Congo, on August 28.