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Photos: Buakaw And Yokkao Build Gym

With Buakaw's recent situation of fleeing his camp, Por. Pramuk gym for the time being, he's building his own temporary gym with the help of Yokkao. It amy not look like much, but Yokkao is helping to get Buakaw back on track after his recent struggles. They've brought heavy bags and the like along with having set up a nice Yokkao ring. Check out the photos and if you want to see more, click "Read More."

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Buakaw Is "Back" With Yokkao Behind Him

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As a lot of you probably know, Buakaw recently had a very difficult situation. He went off without telling anyone and wasn't heard of for a week. Finally, he resurfaced and told the media that he was just tired, stressed and needed some rest, along with issues at the Por Pramuk Gym like money and living conditions.  There was a lot of speculation as to what Buakaw would do, like leaving Por Pramuk Gym.

For the time being, at least, Buakaw is having a new gym built where he will start training at tomorrow. Yokkao Boxing, his sponsor, is helping with the building of the gym. As of now, Yokkao is just calling the gym temporary.

If you also noticed in this article, I haven't been calling Buakaw by the name he had used for so long, "Buakaw Por. Pramuk." It seems for the time being he isn't going by the Por. Pramuk name anymore. Yokkao referred to him as Buakaw Banchamek. Banchamek is his real last name.

A lot of props should be given to Yokkao for helping Buakaw to get back on track after such a difficult situation. 

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Sam A Gaiyanghadaogym Fighting Penek Sitnumnoi in Big Lumpini Card on April 3rd

Sam-A is rapidly running out of suitable opponents in Thailand as his winning streak shows no sign of coming to an end. On April 3rd he will be headlining a huge card at Lumpini when he takes on Penek Sitnumnoi.

The last time they fought Sam-A won by knock out but he is moving up in weight and will be at a size disadvantage for this fight which has been set at 125 lbs. Penek is coming off a win over Wanchalerm while Sam-A outpointed Petpanomrung in his last outing in a fight which was closer than expected, although he did have to get down to 119 lbs.

Saketdai and Singdam are fighting again, these two seem to fight each other pretty regularly and they are always competitive contests while Wanchalerm takes on Petboonchu who is coming off a win over Jomthong at Rajadamnern in a fight which was reportedly not particularly entertaining.

Detkart is one of the rising starts of Muay Thai and recently beat Thelek and broke his nose with an elbow in the process. He will be taking on Wanchai in a match up which has all the ingredients for a figth of the night. Unless of course the rumoured rematch between Tingtong and Ponsaneh goes ahead on this date, Ponsanah is pretty much unrivalled when it comes to entertainment value.

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April 3rd

Sam-A vs Penek
Saketdao vs Singdam
Petboonchu vs Wanchalerm
Mongkonchai vs Aekmongkon
Wanchai vs Dedkart
Julong vs Nikomlek

(not the complete card)

 

 

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Give Back To The Great Sakmongkol

Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke was not only one of the best Thai boxers who ever put on a pair of gloves, but more importantly to fans, he was one of the most exciting and toughest. From his classic battles with Jongsanan Fairtex which left me, and probably most people agape, to his unforgettable fight with Perry Ubeda, Sakmongkol has given us fans lasting memories. Unfortunately, being a Thai boxer, especially in Thailand, isn't exactly something you can get rich doing. Sakmongkol now resides in Denver Colorado teaching Muay Thai at Zingano BJJ, but he had to leave his family behind in order to come to America. Now fortunately he's in position where he can reunite with his loved ones, but help is needed. A fund has been set up by Mauricio Zingano, and all donations are greatly appreciated. Also, his gloves and shorts from his retirement fight last year against Cosmo Alexandre are up for auction with proceeds going directly to helping his family come to America, to be with there husband and father. 

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Muay Thai at the Mecca Ongoing Coverage Live on the Ground from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Bell time is about 15 minutes away, so it's time for my live coverage on the ground of Take On Productions' biggest card to date: "Muay Thai at the Mecca" at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. I'll check in tomorrow for a full report, in the meantime check out the Internet pay-per-view broadcast at http://www.gofightlive.tv In addition, I'm tweeting photos and miscellaneous between-fight comments: http://www.twitter.com/davidbix Back in a few!

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Por Pramuk Gym, the Tralfamadorians and Buakaw Por Pramuk's Indentured Servitude to You

Self worth is something that is hard to describe, especially in an oppressive environment with no end in sight to the abuse. Even worse is when the world is allowed to look in through a picture window and witness the horror that is a life in chains, only to look on with astonishment, without being able to directly interact. It was the same predicament that Billy Pilgrim found himself on Tralfamadore as a human exhibit in a zoo. Billy Pilgrim had the dignity of being unstuck in time and understanding the non-linear nature of the fourth dimension which is time, much like a Time Lord would.

Be it a symptom of post-traumatic stress or a true awakening, Slaughterhouse-Five protagonist Billy Pilgrim's Tralfamadore exhibition exposes how we, as a collective society, view the exceptional figures in the world. We view them as larger-than-life dolls, playthings that live out our fantasies like shadow play on the wall before bed time as a child. The tralfamadorians were hands off in their approach to enslaving Billy Pilgrim and locking him up with Montana Wildhack, where they copulated for their intergalactic onlookers and spawned a child. In a way, the existence of the tralfamadorians did not matter to the narrative Pilgrim spun.

Whether it was escapism, a protest against free will or a way to mentally write off infidelity, Buakaw Por Pramuk is not behind the glass window, us peering into his dysfunctional life with a beautiful porn actress birthing children like Billy Pilgrim was. Buakaw, like Pilgrim, was changed by the battle scars from war and society, with his inability to escape suffocating him into accepting a fate less fitting for someone of his stature. If you watch Kickboxing for Muay Thai, Buakaw Por Pramuk is a hero, a truly exceptional person whose fame and abilities are something to marvel at. Be it you kicking the pads at a gym with a poster of him on the wall or channeling his attitude and style into your mundane daily tasks, if you know Buakaw you know his influence.

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Photo of the Day: Fighters Make Weight for Muay Thai at the Mecca

This serves as a reminder that tomorrow night TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports present Muay Thai at the Mecca, which we'll have a man on the ground for. If you want to witness the action yourself, GFL.tv has you covered for $15, about the cost of an It's Showtime event. The card is being headlined by Ryan Madigan and Rigel Balsamico squaring off. Madigan, best known by MMA fans for his lone UFC performance at UFC 96 is a skilled Kickboxer and Muay Thai practitioner, while Balsamico is incredibly well-known in the Muay Thai community, making this an awesome main event.

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TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports Muay Thai at the Mecca TV Spot

This Friday TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports bring to the world Muay Thai at the Mecca, from the Theater at MSG in New York City. The Theater at MSG has a ton of history, from Boxing to Basketball and everything in between, seating up to 5,000 when set up for a Boxing ring. To think about Muay Thai in New York moving into such an amazing spot is hard to believe, but TaKe On and MSG have done some great work together. LiverKick will have a man on the scene this friday, but if you are like me and can't make it, check out a stream on GFL.tv for $15USD, or about the amount of an It's Showtime stream.

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Aikpracha Meenayothin In Position For Breakout Year

Buakaw's current situation, including pulling out of the fight with Fabio Pinca on March 17 at La Nuit Des Titans in Tours, France may have been a blessing in disguise for Aikpracha Meenayothin.

Aikpracha was already scheduled to make an international appearance on March 31 against Michael Dicks in England. He'll get to dabble into the international scene even sooner though, as he replaced Buakaw to take on Fabio Pinca, who is one of the best non Thais in Muay Thai. This fight with Pinca will be his second international fight after he completely obliterated William Sriyapai in July of last year in the United States.

Two international fights in such a short time period against good foreign fighters could do wonders for his career and result in a breakout 2012. It's still uncertain if he'll face Michael Dicks on the 31st, as it's possible he may be fighting on April 3 at Lumpinee Stadium instead. If he were to fight Michael Dicks, Aikpracha would be defending his WMC World Title. Along with his WMC World Title, he's also the current Lumpinee Stadium champion at welterweight, which he won by stopping Prakaysiang Kaiyanghadaogym in the first round last month.

I always love when Thais get international opportunities. It opens the door for bigger paydays and more exposure on an international level that they greatly deserve for being the best strikers in the world. I fully expect Aikpracha to beat Pinca, and also beat Dicks if that fight happens. Not only do I expect him to win, I feel he'll really make a big statement. He's got a great style for fighting internationally, with a lot of aggression and power in his hands.

You can watch Aikpracha fight Fabio Pinca on Saturday at muaythaitv.com. The whole event is only $9.90 USD and you can pay with Paypal or credit card. Click "Read More" to check out Aikpracha's last fight where he won the Lumpinee Stadium welterweight title:

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