Me­nayothin matches May­weather at 50-0

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAI­LAND >> Wan­heng Me­nayothin im­proved to 50-0 on Wed­nes­day, equal­ing the record of Floyd May­weather Jr., by knock­ing out Pana­ma­nian op­po­nent Leroy Estrada in a manda­tory

WBC mini-fly­weight fight.

The 32-year-old Wan­heng, a Thai fighter who is known as the “Giant Dwarf,” has 18 knock­outs among his 50 wins.

“I thought it would be tougher,” said Wan­heng, who de­fended his belt for the ninth time. “He is young and fast. But he lost guard early and I took the op­por­tu­nity. It was easy from then on.”

Wan­heng sent Estrada to the floor twice in the sec­ond round again in the fourth.

“I was never con­fi­dent that I was win­ning as it was a 12-round fight,” Wan­heng said. “Now I’m happy that I have matched May­weather’s record.”

Wan­heng said he wasn’t think­ing about win­ning 51 straight fights, but said he would keep train­ing hard for the next one.

“He is 32 but still very strong and fit,” said Su­parb Boon­rod, Wan­heng’s coach. “He is very dis­ci­plined and is a hard-work­ing man.”

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