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

  • Published in Muay Thai

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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May 14: Buakaw, Yodsaenklai

  • Published in Kickboxing

Buakaw Por PramukOn May 14, Thai Fight Extreme will host a card in France.  Not many details on this card yet, but the two big featured names (and they are indeed big ones) will be Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Yodsaenklai Fairtex.  The way the promo video is set up, it seems to be implying that it will actually be Buakaw vs. Yodsaenklai, but as much as fans want that fight to happen, and as much as it honestly should happen, I highly doubt that's where the matchmaking will go.  Look for both men to be paired against other opponents, and hopefully we'll see Buakaw against a foe who poses at least a moderate threat.  Other names being tossed about for this show include Lumpinee champ Saiyok Pumpanmuang, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, and 2010 Thai Fight champion Fabio Pinca, which would make for a fantastic overall card.

In other Thai Fight news, the round robin tournament to determine Thailand's 2011 Thai Fight representative continues at Omnoi Stadium in Bangkok.  Things have become a bit muddy and confusing here, as Sudsakorn established himself as the tournament favorite, but was then kicked out of the tournament for taking a fight with Giorgio Petrosyan in January.  Now, Khem Sitsongpeenong is looking like the favorite again, despite having been defeated by Sudsakorn earlier in the tournament.  Up next for Khem is Prakaisaeng Sit O in the semi-final on April 16.  A win there puts him into the finals, likely against Nopparat Kiatkumthorn, who Khem defeated once already earlier in the tournament.

Promo video for May 14:

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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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More on Buakaw's Troubles, Government Intervention and an Ultimatum

  • Published in Muay Thai

Buakaw

The world continues to turn and Buakaw Banchamek continues to fight his battles against his former gym of Por Pramuk. The Banchamek Gym Facebook page has been an incredible hub of information over the past few days, including Buakaw's public plea and demands from Por Pramuk and government intervention to attempt to settle the issues. It looks like Por Pramuk has to pay Buakaw 3 million baht (about $97,849) in back wages, they can waive that payment and release him from his contract, or continue to have him fight under the Por Pramuk banner until his five year contract with them expires and only take 40% of his fight purse.

Part of Buakaw's statement runs down all of the money which is owed to him, and it is a bit troubling. His K-1 pay in 2004 was 10 million yen/3.63 million baht and he received 1 million baht, which works out to $32,000 of about $118,000 which he was owed. 2005 was 2.5 million yen, he was paid $485 of $16,000. For 2006 he earned 20 million yen and only received $64,000 of $245,000. There is more if you follow that link, but it gives you an idea of the money being witheld from Buakaw and where part of his grievances lie.

As mentioned, the government is looking to step in with their ultimatum, looking to work out a deal between Buakaw, Thai Fight and Pro Pramuk gym to minimize the damages and how incredibly public this has become. Buakaw is a national celebrity and all of this cannot be good publicity. Government statement follows.

 

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Buakaw's Legal Problems with Por Pramuk Continue

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There were a lot of question marks going into this week's Thai Fight event featuring Buakaw Banchamek and if he'd be allowed to fight. Buakaw not only fought, but he brutalized his opponent with a massive second round stoppage before giving an emotional appeal to the crowd. An interesting note from the show was that he was still being called "Buakaw Por. Pramuk," especially with Buakaw taking a lot of time to distance himself from the Por Pramuk camp, where all of the problems are coming from. There were a lot of reports coming from Thailand that Buakaw might be barred from competing, but fought he did. It turns out that Buakaw stepping into the ring might have opened himself and possibly Thai Fight up for some problems in the future.

The Bangkok Post is reporting that Pramuk Rojanatan and his son were preparing documents for a possible lawsuit and that there will be a press conference soon to discuss the issues. The Sports Authority of Thailand is threatening to suspend Buakaw as well as the Thai Fight organization for up to six months for violating the rules of the Boxing Act by not receiving clearance from Buakaw's camp of record.

No action will be taken until Por Pramuk files a grievance against Buakaw and Thai Fight.

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Check out Buakaw Por. Pramuk in the Thail Fight Finals

  • Published in Video

When Buakaw Por. Pramuk fights, the world watches. Thai Fight 2011 was no different. Buakaw made it all the way to the Thai Fight 2011 70kg Finals where he squared off with Frank Giorgi. On paper, this fight was all Buakaw, but if you don't know how this fight turns out we aren't about to spoil it for you. Go ahead and watch it below. If you want to catch the entire event, head on over to GFL.tv to watch it for the confusing price of $14.99.

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The Fight World is Turning on Thai Fight Extreme

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Thai Fight aesthetically has it all, the lights, the promo screen, the manufactured sense of honor and history, the audience, the feel of watching a major production for a fight event. Despite every quality that it brings before the bell ring, there is a major problem once the bell does. The matches are one sided and uneventful. Fight fans have known this for a while, but it seems that now, the shift of the fighting public is moving towards not watching the product at all.

It started so well. August 29, 2010 the Isuzu Thai Fight Extreme had a 16-man tournament. It had solid international competition. The likes of Spain's Rafi Zouheir, England's Liam Harrison, Thailand's Petchmonkong Petchfocus, runner up Youssef Boughanem, and eventual champion Frenchmen Fabio Pinca. The tournament was like nothing we were use to from Thai shows. Pyro, rock music during entrances, large screens, and sporting event fan material like big hands, clappers, and streamers. It was as if K-1 Max was being reborn in Thailand. Adding to that was the fight product, which produced awesome KOs, smooth technique, and competitive match ups. Nasser Kacem product and champion Fabio Pinca was made an international star after that victory. Sure he had wins over Thai fighters Sigmanee, Sudsukorn, and Bovy before the Thai Fight championship, but all eyes were on the tournament and thus all eyes were on him. His peformance against Youssef in the final was brilliant, producing one of the most proficient body attacks in the first round and then dropping Boughanem with a hook in the second. A star was made.

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Steven Wright Interviews Mosab Amrani and Ramzi Tamaditi

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RamziIf you follow Kickboxing and Muay Thai the names of Mosab Amrani and Ramzi Tamaditi should be burned into your consciousness, as they are two guys on the way up and known for putting on extremely exciting fights. Thanks to AFAV and Mousid Gym Steven Wright, my partner in the weekly Warman's Kickfighting show we are able to bring this special interview to you.

Listen to the Interview here, on Steven's Blog.

Steven goes into detail with both men about their fighting style as well as what the future holds for both of them. It is definitely worth a solid listen to hear what both men have to say. I mean, Mosab wants to be remembered like Mike Tyson. There is a lot of awesome stuff like that in there.

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Fabio Pinca vs Petmankong Petfergus 2010

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I'm in China right now, unable to access Youtube, so I'm going all the way back to December 2010 for this bout, the final of the inaugural Thai Fight Tournament.

The winner got a heap of prizes including an Isuzu (yes, this tournament is also funded by Isuzu Motors), a million baht (approx. 33k USD), sponsors, and a lot exposure.

Pinca fought his way through Sharos Huyer and Rafi Zouheir, and Petmankong went through Zhou Hong Zhang and Vitaly Gurkov to meet in the semi-finals. There were questions about whether Petmankong, previously a 126 lb and 135 lb fighter, could be successful in the 147 lb tournament, but he'd proved more than skillful enough to handle his first two opponents. Pinca had been making a name for himself facing high quality Thai opponents, but had come up short against elite fighters like Kem Sitsongpeenong, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, and Attachai Fairtex. He himself was not a a large fighter for 67 kg, having fought at 140 lb a number of times.

Pinca wears the blue in this bout, Petmankong the red.

(As I said, Youtube is blocked in China, so I'm actually viewing the bout here: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjI5NjM5NTc2.html)

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Fight Video: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Rustem Zaripov

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Last night was a big night for Buakaw, who not only fought for the first time in a long time outside of the Por. Pramuk Gym after a giant struggle with his former home camp. Buakaw still used the Por. Pramuk name for this fight, as he probably was required to in order to fight. This was his re-debut of sorts and it was an emotional affair. Included are the intros, full fight and post-fight speech.

To watch the rest of the event, they can be found here.

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