UPDATE: The Bangkok Post has published more information about Wanheng Menayothin's retirement announcement. On Monday, the undefeated WBC 105-pound champion. One day after Wanheng Menayothin announced his retirement, promoter Piyarat Vachirarattanawong insisted on Monday the undefeated world champion has yet to hang up his gloves. The Bangkok Post translated Menayothin's social media post as follows: "Nobody knows my body better than myself," he wrote. "Everybody wants money but I prefer protecting my body. So I am quitting boxing." Perhpas his promoter is angry with this decision because on Tuesday, promoter Piyarat Vachirarattanawong announced that Meanyothin was NOT retired.
According to the WBC, reports that Wanheng Menayothin a/k/a Chayaphon Moonsri has retired are incorrect. From Thailand, Menayothin is the longtime WBC minimumweight champion with a 54-0 record. He apparently issued a retirement statement in his native language on social media, but either he or his management has now recanted. “We are pleased to confirm that the current World Boxing Council minimumweight world champion Wanheng Menayothin has not retired from professional boxing. The champ will look to make his next defense of his WBC world title in the coming months,” said the WBC's Asian Boxing Council in a statement posted on the WBC website. Menayothin has been a source of curiosity and debate for boxing fans around the world. His title reign has lasted since 2014 and his 54-0 record is superior to Floyd Mayweather's mark, but he's never fought outside Thailand and most of his opponents were easy marks. His best win is probably his 2018 decision over Pedro Taduran, given that a year later Taduran won the IBF version of the 105-pound championship. But Menayothin never unified, even against Japanese champions or his fellow Thai, CP Freshmart Knockout, the WBA 105-pound champion. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Menayothin was booked for his American debut vs. a soft opponent, Marco Rementizo on April 25th, a fight postponed and now in question due to the retirement issue. Rementizo was just 12-3 and never competed in a twelve-round fight, going past round eight only twice in his career.