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Buakaw Por Pramuk Fighting in the United States

  • Published in Kickboxing

BuakawYes, you read that headline right. Buakaw Por. Pramuk, two-time K-1 World MAX Champion and 2010 Shootboxing S-Cup Champion will indeed be fighting in the United States in August of this year. Stand Up Promotions based out of Northern California will be presenting yet another big muay thai card to the area featuring not only Buakaw Por. Pramuk but Saenchai Sinibi Gym, Koaklai Kennorising, Saiyok Pumpanmuang and Rungravee Sasiprapa.

This is a lot of world class muay thai talent for a relatively smaller promotion, but they are going all th way with this event, booking the Anaheim Convention Center. The Arena in the Convention Center can hold upwards of 9,100 people if they are indeed running in the Arena and not a convention hall. All of this goes down on August 13th. MuayThaiAuthority.com did the legwork.

In August Stand Up Promotions will host "World Class Championship Muay Thai" at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 13th in Anaheim, CA. The event will feature Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Saenchai Sinibi Gym, Kaoklai Kennorising, Saiyok Pumpanmuang, and Rungravee Sasiprapa. All five Thai fighters are world class, but most will likely be excited to see former K-1 Max, and WMC champion Buakaw make his United States debut.

No opponents have been confirmed for any of the fighters, but Stand Up Promotions has confirmed with Muay Thai Authority that all five fighters have agreed to fight on the August 13th event.
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Buakaw's Time to Reclaim the 70kg Throne in Kickboxing

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Buakaw

The past few years have been turbulent times in the life of Sombat Banchamek, best known as Buakaw Banchamek, formerly known as Buakaw Por. Pramuk. The legendary fighter from Thailand is perhaps best known for his tenure within K-1, where he took home two K-1 World MAX Championships, cementing his legacy as one of the best 70kg fighters in the world. For fans of Banchamek, the last few years have been trying ones, as Banchamek found himself with tremendous personal and professional struggles that kept him out of the ring, or if he was in the ring, facing sub-par competition to keep the legend of Buakaw alive and well.

The first struggle was with his home camp, Por. Pramuk gym, where Buakaw felt that he was being treated unfairly and chose to leave. Well, things aren’t that simple in Thailand, with the bond between a gym and fighter being akin to that of an ironclad contract. Buakaw made impassioned pleas to the public about his poor treatment and how he, one of the biggest stars to come out of Thailand’s Muay Thai scene, was still living a life of moderate poverty and unable to visit his family at will.

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Buakaw: Boxer, Legend, Legacy Shows the Human Side of a Legend

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Buakaw

Earlier today I got a chance, thanks to the film's directors, Timo Ruge and Gerrit Staron, to check out the new Buakaw documentary titled "Buakaw: Boxer, Legend, Legacy." The documentary runs about 47 minutes and is available to stream on-demand via Vimeo right now for $6.99 and I absolutely urge you to check it out. We know that the price tag might set you off a bit, but doing so supports the filmmakers, who have funded most of the film themselves and were simply looking to tell the story of one of the most famous Thai Fighters in the world in Sombat "Buakaw" Banchamek.

The documentary is all based upon interview and behind-the-scenes footage of Buakaw and his camp as they train and show you what a day in the life of Buakaw Banchamek is really like. It starts off by following Banchamek in early 2012 in his hometown in his then newly-constructed gym after his very public departure from Por. Pramuk gym with some help from Thai Fight. You get a good inside look at the simplicity of Buakaw's home life and how, to his family and everyone in his home village, he is just Sombat to them, a fun-loving, caring kid that they've known for their whole lives.

Showing Buakaw in this setting really provides a stark contrast from the bright lights that we are accustomed to seeing him under, as we get some details on his back story and what led him into a life as a Thai Boxer. It is interesting to see interviews with his manager and trainer, who have known him for a long time, and to hear how his life changed thanks to Boxing. His good friend and trainer tells about how word got around about Buakaw fighting for K-1 and how it impacted his life to win the K-1 World MAX 2004 tournament for good. It is interesting to hear Buakaw talk about the tournament and then hear his friend talk about how they celebrated; with Buakaw coming home and taking him out bowling.

For many, Buakaw is a larger-than-life icon in the world of Muay Thai and Kickboxing, but this documentary does a great job of humanizing him while showing his personal and professional growth from just another kid who couldn't afford to continue with school to one of the most famous Thais in the world. You also get to hear Buakaw's take on why he has decided to challenge foreigners and what he wants out of the rest of his career as he is now transitioning into training his own pupils, although Buakaw himself admits that he has a lot to learn.

For the relatively short length the documentary is dense with content, although there are some gaps due to some of Buakaw's ongoing legal issues, but they artfully work around them and instead of focusing on some of the negative parts of Buakaw's life and career focus on the positives, which is refreshing. The documentary itself is tastefully done and tells the story of one of the best Kickboxers and Thai Fighters to compete and make a name for himself. Buakaw: Boxer, Legend, Legacy is skillfully directed, contains beautiful imagery and is mixed in surround sound with a pretty fun soundtrack. It is absolutely worth the $7 to learn more about Sombat "Buakaw" Banchamek and to see him in a way that you never have before.

LiverKick highly recommends that you check out the full video here.

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LiverKick Best of 2013: Comeback of the Year

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Photo (C) Pink Elephant Photography

The year 2013 was a tremendous year for the sport of Kickboxing as we saw GLORY take aim at America as one of its home bases and really made some strides that I honestly thought we’d never see for the sport here. GLORY not only ran shows, but they ran a bunch of shows and those shows were attended by a good number of paying customers. Then, to top it off, GLORY moved from CBS Sports Network and internet PPVs to Spike TV, picking up steam and viewers with every show. That was a big deal.

GLORY wasn’t the only organization to make moves, either, as we saw another season of the SuperKombat World Grand Prix, the birth of LEGEND in Russia and K-1 starting to get the gears in motion by running both a Heavyweight World Grand Prix and a World MAX tournament within the same year. But which company did what doesn’t really matter, what matters are the fights and the fighters.

Throughout the coming week we’ll be looking at the best of 2013 throughout multiple categories, with Monday featuring Fighter of the Year, Tuesday featuring Fight of the Year and Wednesday being Knockout of the Year. Today’s category is a little bit more fluid and up for discussion than the others, as today is Comeback of the Year. There have been a few fighters who either came back from a long layoff or returned to the big leagues and made a solid impression, making it an interesting topic.

LiverKick 2013 Comeback of the Year: Buakaw Banchamek

Few names in Kickboxing and Muay Thai hold the weight that Buakaw Banchamek’s does. Buakaw is a legend in every sense of the word, as in Thailand he might not be known as the best Thai Boxer, but he’s one of the most famous. This comes with its own set of consequences, though, as Buakaw has had a bumpy last few years that has seen him step back from a higher level of competition and instead get into the rhythm of taking either easier or exhibition bouts depending on the circumstances.

Buakaw fought his last fight for Thai Fight in December of 2012 and then that was it from Banchamek for months. In fact, he didn’t fight again until August of 2013 for MAX Muay Thai after yet another lawsuit, this time with Thai Fight, was settled. His year began at MAX Muay Thai 3 against Dong Wenfei in a bout that barely saw Buakaw warm up, leaving us all to fear that Buakaw would be back in “Thai Fight mode” just taking easier fights and having fun. Then, after years of rumors of him joining GLORY a huge announcement came out that Buakaw had signed with K-1 and would be entering the World MAX tournament.

His complete decimation of David Calvo in the Final 16 was proof enough that Buakaw was back and ready to show the Kickboxing world what they were missing out on. The rest of his year saw him defeat both Yoshihiro Sato and Enriko Kehl in MAX Muay Thai and in both fights looking like the Buakaw of old. Then on December 28th he battled a very game Zhou Zhi Peng before turning up the heat in the fourth round and dominating him.

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Thai Fight Pattaya Results: Buakaw Victorious

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Thai Fight

Thai Fight Pattaya went off without a hitch. To say that feels good, as there were a lot of questions going into the event about what would become of Buakaw Banchamek. Although there were reports that Buakaw might not be able to fight, Buakaw came out swinging both during and after the fight. He handily dispatched Rustem Zaripov in the second round before he gave an emotional speech to the crowd, talking about his troubles with Por. Pramuk and losing his mother recently, inviting his father into the ring to show support.

In other action Kem Sitsongpeenong made incredibly short work of Mickael Cornubet with his elbows opening up a cut that stopped the fight in the first round. Singamanee Kaewsamrit took a hard-fought decision victory over Sudsakorn Sor. Klimee whose mediocre streak continues. Sudsakorn never seemed to really throw himself into the fight at all, which cost him dearly against a hungry Singamanee.

Buakaw (TKO - R2) Rustem Zaripov

Singmanee Kaewsamrit (Dec.) Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee

Kem Sitsongpeenong (TKO (Cut) - R1) Mickael Cornubet

Bernueng TopKing Boxing (Dec.) Chaz Mulkey

Chanaeak PK Muaythaigym (Dec.) Bibi Team Nikiema

Kemarat Sitjapae (Dec.) Mathias Sitsongpeenong

Roongroj Petchrungruang (Dec.) Danny Jittigym

Armin Matli (TKO - R1) Ibrham Chiahou

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