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Ranking the 10 Worst World Champions in Boxing

Wanheng Menayothin
WBC Minimumweight Champion

Wanheng Menayothin

Minimumweights, by default, are oft considered for a list like this. The division lacks much of any depth.

All but one (Hekkie Budler) of the four major sanctioning bodies’ 105-pound champions were originally included. This author, eventually, decided to leave off WBO beltholder Kosei Tanaka, who, for all intents and purposes, is still a prospect at 20 years old and a professional of just six fights.

WBC-crowned Wanheng Menayothin, born Seansuree Moonsuree, however, has 40 bouts to his hell-to-spell name. He’s a brute of a strawweight who doesn’t give his adversaries an inch.

The Thai picked up the WBC strap in 2014 but more impressively became the first man to stop Oswaldo Novoa, a ex-world champion and formerly unbreakable Mexican brawler.

In 2011, Menayothin defeated one-time IBF champion Florante Condes, a monster-punching strawweight.

That’s where the 30-year-old prizefighter’s ledger begins to lose its sparkle. Never stepping outside of Thailand has produced a heap of mismatches.

Four more uncompetitive bouts made up Menayothin’s 2015 but rumors of a defense against wunderkind Carlos Buitrago, teammate to one Roman Gonzalez, could give the Thai a chance to prove his worth.

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