By: Ken Hissner
This writer has been following the career of the WBC Minimumweight (105#) champion from Bangkok, Thailand, since he became 46-0.
I read little of him elsewhere but he deserves some recognition especially since he has surpassed both former world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 and Floyd “Money” Mayweathers 50*-0. Yes there is an asterisk being next to the 50 for a reason. Beating someone 0-0 when you are 49-0 should have been considered an exhibition in this writer’s opinion.
Anyway, the champion Moonsri will be defending his title for the tenth time since winning it back on November 6, 2014 stopping Oswaldo Novoa, 14-4-1, for the title.
In addition Moonsri has won six non-title bouts. All 52 of his fights have been in his home country of Thailand. There are four Mini champions and one of them is also from Thailand is WBA champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong, 19-0 (7), who also has 9 defenses of his title. A match-up between him and Moonsri may prove to be most interesting.
The other two Mini champions are IBF Champion Dee-Jay Kriel, 15-1-1 (7), of Boksburg, South Africa who had his second title defense in February. He won the vacant title back in July of 2017 defeating Dexter Alimento, 12-1 (8), of the Philippines by decision.
Kriel had his first fight out of his country in his last defense that took place in the US.
Also there is WBO Champion southpaw Vic “Vicious” Saludar, 19-3 (10), of Cagayan de Oro City, in the Philippines. He made his first title defense in February. He won his title in Japan in July defeating Ryuya Yamanaka, 16-2 (5), of Japan by decision.
Of Saludar’s 22 fights 3 have been in Japan. So he seems willing to fight out of his country of the Philippines.
So you have two champions from Thailand, and one each from South Africa and the Philippines. A round robin tourney would be interesting.
Getting back to Moonsri’s fight on May 31st he will be defending against Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuhara, 21-6 (7), who is his No. 4 contender. This is a rematch of their November 2017 fight in which Moonsri took a decision win. Fukuhara has posted a pair of wins since.
The No. 1 contender in both the IBF and WBO is Samuel “Silent Assassin” Salva, 17-0 (10), of the Philippines. A future fight with WBO champion Saludar also of the Philippines could be in the works.
The No. 1 contender in the WBA is Mexico’s Jose “Tecuala” Argumedo, 23-4-1 (14). The No. 1 contender in the WBC for Moonsri’s title is Simphiwe “Chain Reaction” Khonco, 19-5 (7), of South Africa who has never fought out of his country. Odd he isn’t ranked in the IBF where fellow South African Kriel is the champion.
All eyes should be on Moonsri’s 53rd fight Friday for he is one of few fighters who have won 50 or more fights. Since they have all been beaten eventually Moonsri is still the record holder for now.
By: Ken Hissner
When Floyd “Money” Mayweather, at 49-0 (26), fought the “exhibition” which was accepted by the NV Commission as an official fight with MMA Champion Conor McGregor 0-0 he got his 50th win.
There’s another current boxer with over 50 wins, and his name is Chayaphon Moonsri. Moonsri showed he can also fight a non-title fight in his last fight by defeating a 2-9-1 opponent in a 6 rounder.
Moonsri is from Bangkok, Thailand and 33 years old. He turned pro in January of 2007. In his third bout he won the WBC Youth World title Mini title at 105 pounds and has maintained that weight for over 10 years and defended the title 8 times.
In Moonsri’s sixth in December of 2009 fight he defeated Jason Ratoni, 10-3-1, of the Philippines over 12 rounds for the interim WBC International title. He defended the title twice. In March of 2011 he won the WBC International Silver title defeating Noli Morales, 7-0, of the Philippines by TD6. He defended the title eight times.
In November of 2014 Moonsri won the WBC World Mini Title stopping Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa, 14-4-1, of Mexico. He has defended it ten times defeating opponents such as Jeffrey Gallero, 11-0 and stopped Jerry Tomogdan, 18-5-3, both of the Philippines. He stopped Young Gil Bae, of South Korea, 26-4-1 and stopped Go Adaira, 12-4-3, of Japan.
In Moonsri’s 43rd fight he defeated Mexico’s Saul Juarez, 23-4-1. In January of 2017 he defeated Melvin Jerusalem, 11-0, of the Philippines. In June of 2017 he defeated Omari “Lion Boy” Kimweri, 16-3, of Australia, and in November defeated Tatsuya, 19-5-6, of Japan.
In May of 2018 Moonsri stopped Leroy “El Sensacional, Estrada, 16-2, of Panama, for his 50th win. In his last defense in August he defeated Pedro “Rattle Snake” Taduran, 12-1, of the Philippines. Then Mektison “Tyson Lahagu” Marganti, of Indonesia in a non-title fight. It was his sixth non-title victory. His No. 1 contender is South Africa’s Simphiwe “Chain Reaction” Khonco, 19-5, the IBO World Mini Champion.
Moonsri sometimes goes as his “alias” Wanheng Menayothin. The WBA champion is also from Thailand, in Thammanoon Niyongtrom, 19-0 (7). The IBF title is vacant with their No. 1 contender Mark Barriga, 9-0 (1), of the Philippines and the WBO Champion is Vic “Vicious” Saludar, 18-3 (10), of the Philippines.
Moonsri is little known but his record stands at 52-0 (18),
By: Ken Hissner
Few ever mention or write about the WBC Minimumweight champion Chayaphon Moonsri aka Wanheng Menayothin/Kaiyanghada born October 27, 1985 in Maha Sarakham, Thailand, residing in Bangkok.
This writer started when he went 47-0 in January of 2017 in his sixth defense defeating Melvin Jerusalem, 11-0, of the Philippines who was deducted a point in round 8 for a low blow costing him possibly a majority draw losing 115-113 and 114-113 twice by referee Celestino Ruiz of Chicago, IL, at the Phitsanulok Provincial Ground in Thailand over 12 rounds.
After one of Moonsri’s four non-title bouts wins since winning the title in November 16, 2014, stopping Mexico’s Oswaldo Novoa, 14-4-1, in the 9th round. Novoa had gone to China to win the title and was making his second defense.
Moonsri’s made nine defenses and as previously mentioned four non-title fights since winning the title. In February of 2015 he made his first defense defeating Filipino Jeffrey “Jeffer” Galero, 11-0, 119-109, 120-108 and 120-109, over 12 rounds. In June in his second defense he knocked out Filipino southpaw Jerry Tomogdan, 18-5-3, in the 9th round. In November in his third defense he stopped South Korea’s Young Gil Bae, 26-4-1, the interim WBO Asia Pacific champion in the 9th round after scoring a knockdown.
In Moonsri’s fourth defense in March of 2016 he stopped the Japanese champion southpaw Go Odaira, 12-4-3, having dropped him in the 3rd and 5th rounds and halting him in the 5th round. In his fifth defense he defeated Mexico’s Saul, “Baby” Juarez, 23-4-1, by scores of 116-113, 115-113 and 116-112 over 12 rounds.
In June of 2017 Moonsri made his seventh defense defeating Tanzania born Omari “Lion Boy” Kimweri, 16-3, out of Australia despite having his left eye lid cut by an accidental head butt in the first round costing the challenger a point. Scores after 12 rounds were 118-109 twice and 117-110. Kimweri hasn’t fought since.
In November of 2017 Moonsri made his eighth defense defeating the interim WBO World Minimum champion southpaw Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuhara, 19-5-6, who had previously lost a close decision to the current WBO World champion Japan’s Ryuya Yamanaka. Moonsri defeated him more thoroughly by scores of 117-110, 118-109 twice.
In Moonsri’s ninth and most recent defense he stopped Panama’s southpaw Leroy “El Sensactional” Estrada, 16-2, in the fifth round on May 2nd. Estrada was his No. 1 contender.
By: Ken Hissner
WBC Minimumweight (#105) champion Chayapon Moonsri made his 9th title defense improving his record to 49-0 (17) equaling the late great heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record. He defeated Tatsuya Fukuhara, 19-5-6, of Japan, at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. He is but one win from matching Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., at 50-0. That’s the good news. The bad news is Mayweather may make “another comeback” against another “amateur”. How about a rematch with Colin McGregor on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, in Dublin Ireland, but this time maybe an 8 round bout instead of a 10 or 12?
Moonsri has an alias which is Wanheng Menayothin/Kaiyanghada. He was born at Maha Sarakham, Thailand, on October 27, 1985 and resides in Bangkok, Thailand, and has never had a fight outside of his home country.
Like Mayweather the 32 year-old Moonsri had a couple of “helpful bumps” to get to 49-0. In his 39th fight he defeated a 2-4 opponent in a 6 rounder. In his 44th fight he defeated a 7-8-1 opponent in a 6 rounder. In his 46th fight he defeated a 13-5 opponent in a 6 rounder. He also defeated Melvin Jerusalem, 11-0, by 115-113 and 114-113 twice due to a one point deduction to Jerusalem in the 8th round due to a low blow by referee Celestino Ruiz, who lives in Chicago, IL. Jerusalem was then defeated in his next fight preventing a rematch with Moonsri that is if he was going to get one prior to losing for the second straight time.
Chayaphon Moonsri goes to 47-0 defeating Omari Kimweri!
By: Ken Hissner
WBC Minimumweight champion Chayaphon Moonsri, of Thailand, improved his record to 47-0 (17), defeating No. 4 contender Omari “Lion Boy” Kimweri, 16-4 (6), from Tanzania fighting out of Australia over 12 rounds.
Moonsri received a cut on his left eye lid in the first round which referee Bruce McTavish deducted a point from Kimweri. It was the seventh title defense for the champion and the second in 2017 along with a non-title win. 17 of his 47 wins were against opponents without winning records.
Scores were 117-110 and 118-109 twice. The bout was on June 3rd at the Provincial Stadium, Rayong, Thailand.
Moonsri continues to approach the 49-0 record held by Rocky Marciano and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.