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

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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.


TopKing World Series Live Results

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Well its 8:30Am for me and I had to set my alarm to wake up and watch this tournament from France so why not give everyone the results. I'm sure everyone is curious to see Buakaw back in action against a strong opponent in Steve Moxon. Plus other great fighters like Reece McAllister, Niclas Larsen, Marat Grigorian, and Abraham Roqueni.

Anyway that's enough talking this early in the morning here are the results.


70kgs Tounament

Marat Grigorian Vs Abraham Roqueni - Marat Grigorian Wins by Decision

Vladimir Konsky Vs Niclas Larsen - Niclas Larsen Wins by KO Rd 1 (Overhand Right)

Marcin Parcheta Vs Azize Hlali - Marcin Parceta Wins by KO Rd 3 (DDT, he literally slammed his face into the ground)

Reece McAllister Vs Crice Boussoukou - McAllister Wins by KO Rd 1 (Knee to the chin from clinch)


Thongchai Sitsongpeenong VS Djime Coulibaly - Thongchai Sitsongpeenong Wins by Decision

Buakaw Banchamek Vs Steve Moxon - Buakaw Wins KO Rd 3 (Right elbow finished it, but Moxon was dropped at least 4 or 5 other times with knees to the body, that fight was an annihilation) 

Sansatan Sor Suradech Vs Dylan Salvador - DRAW

Pakorn PKMuaythaiGym Vs Jimmy Vienot - Pakorn Wins by KO Rd 1 (Perfect left hook)



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.


Buakaw Issues Apology Over Dog Abuse Video

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Yesterday there was some troubling news about one of the most beloved stars in kickboxing and muay thai when a video surfaced, originally posted on his Instagram account, that showed him "playing" with a dog. The video depicted Banchamek on top of the dog, taking its paw and slapping it in the face before using more force, with the dog increasingly crying out in what was a bit of a disturbing video. Buakaw and his team have today issued a statement in regards to the video.

To anyone who watched this video, I want to apologize if you were offended in anyway. The dog you saw in this video is name Milo. When he and his brothers were little, people tried to poison them to get rid of them. We at. the gym adopted Milo and his brother cafe, and gave them a home and love. I was playing with the dog and it was misinterpreted, I did not mean to hurt the dog. The video was deleted and someone hacked the video. We ask. you to please not share or comment any bad opinions of this misunderstanding. Know that Milo has a great family with us and is well taken care of! Sorry again. Buakaw Banchamek the fans and the people involved.

Definitely more along the lines of what we expect from Buakaw. Hopefully there was some sort of lesson learned here as well.


K-1 World MAX Finals Live Results

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The K-1 World MAX Finals are live now, with K-1 airing four of the fights live right now. You can watch it right here on LiverKick. I am with headache, so be gentle. We'll be keeping you updated both here and on Twitter so stay tuned.

K-1 World MAX Final: Enriko Kehl (R4 - Forfeit) Buakaw Banchamek - This fight was close. Kehl was landing the clean shots while Buakaw was using his clinch to throw Kehl around. While that is all well and good, that doesn't score you points in K-1 rules. Buakaw should know that. When it was announced as a draw going into an extra round Buakaw literally walked out. Not kidding, he walked out. Probably some of the least professional behavior that we've seen in a long time, especially on this level. Enriko Kehl wins via forfeit. Wow.

Paul “Semtex” Daley (R3 - Dec.) Mohammad Ghaedibardeh - Ghaedibardeh is a tough, tough guy who took a ton of damage. His reach was pretty crazy and he was using his kicks to keep Daley pushed back. If you could give Ghaedibardeh round one, rounds two and three were all Daley, with Daley dropping him twice in R2 and once in R3. I mean, there was no question that Daley won, but you gotta give Ghaedibardeh credit for staying in the fight.

Maximo Suarez (R2 - TKO) Tural Bayramov - This fight started off strong with both guys looking for the knockout early on. Suarez dropped Tural early on in R1 and it looked like Tural injured his arm at some point. Tural came back for R2 but was unable to continue, giving Maximo the victory.

Andre “Dida” Amade (R3 - Dec.) Li Yankun - This served as Andre Dida's return to professional competition after a few years away from the ring. Needless to say he looked good, but there was some ring rust. Yankun is an up-and-coming Chinese fighter who showed a few flashes of brilliance, but ultimately fell short to Dida. 


Buakaw 'Allowed' to Fight Again -- Will Fight for MAX Muay Thai

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Whenever the name Buakaw comes up people want to know if and when he'll sign with GLORY, when the reality is that his life is far more complicated than just signing a new contract now, and has been for a while. Buakaw Banchamek, formerly Buakaw Por. Pramuk, has had his life become very public over the last year or so, with his struggles against former camp Por. Pramuk and then with former promoter in Thai Fight. Now he is fighting for MAX Muay Thai, although he hasn't been able to "fight" due to a court case against Thai Fight.

Buakaw has instead been fighting demo fights, which means just exhibitions that don't count as legitimate fights towards his record, but still have him involved in the show to put butts in the seats. In a way it is kind of brilliant, if not kind of obnoxious.

Well, according to this photo from MAX Muay Thai's Facebook page, Buakaw can now fight for them, possibly on the August event in China.


Buakaw Banchamek vs Djime Coulibaly 2 Monte Carlo Results

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Here is the fifth round of Buakaw vs Coulibaly 2, which happened on June 14 in Monaco on the Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters Show. These two fought before in 2011 on a Thai Fight Extreme card and Buakaw won a 3 round decision in a decently competitive fight. Once again we see the new and improved Buakaw Banchamek absolutely dismantling Coulibaly and toying with him in this fifth round. It would be nice to see Buakaw fight some real top level guys this year considering he has looked unstoppable. One more fight with Andy Souwer maybe?

Alex Tobiasson Harris Defeated Yohan Lidon by 5 round decision to retain his WMC World Super Middleweight Title on the same show.

UPDATE: Full results from the event.

Buakaw Banchamek (R5 - Dec.) Djime Coulibaly

Berneung TopKingBoxing (R3 - TKO) Abdallah Mabel

Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythai (R5 - Dec.) Yetkin Ozkul

Alex Harris (R5 - Dec.) Yohan Lidon

Ekkarit (R5 - Dec.) Dylan Salvador

Paul Slowinski (R5 - Dec.) Tsotne Rogava

Artem Vakhitov (R5 - Dec.) Dzianis Hancharonak


The Wonderful World of Kickboxing

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As those of us who’ve been around for a while might say, when it comes to the sport of kickboxing, no news is typically bad news. We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Glory in the past few months--from murky accounts of an organization on dire straits to assurances by some of our professional kickboxing journalist pals that they have the exclusive scoop on BIG NEWS which has simply been embargoed by Glory for the time being. The fact remains that we haven’t heard anything substantive from Glory since July. There was talk of more SpikeTV content and of an event to be held at the end of October--we’re still waiting for any of these things to materialize. This behavior is worrisome for those of us who followed the scene as recently as 2012, when K-1 made promise after promise of a big comeback that ultimately never took place. It would be sad to see Glory succumb to the same fate as its ambitious predecessors, with K-1 and It’s Showtime telling the tale of how unforgiving the fight business can be.

Kickboxing in particular is a very strange industry, one that appears very active at a glance but which tells a far more sobering story beneath the surface. If we judged the scene solely on the number of events held annually, we might think that things look pretty good, with organizations like LEGEND, Global FC, Top King, A-1, and SuperKombat making news on sites like this one with fight cards featuring big name talent. While the accessibility of this content is highly variable, from robust TV broadcasts to mislabeled camera phone footage posted on YouTube, there are nevertheless fights happening all over the world and subsequently news and results which we can report to you.

But the difference between offering you a survey of sundry action from around the globe and a developing narrative that you can follow and become engrossed in is the difference between Kickboxing as a mere curiosity and as a sport in its own right. There are plenty of Kickboxing and Muay Thai videos that show up on MMA sites, but as much as their readers might appreciate them, they will never get the same first person experience of being there when iconic and spectacular moments unfold--memories of being glued to your TV when Andy Hug landed that spinning back kick or when Joe Schilling knocked Simon Marcus out cold. These moments were real, and they made us believe in this sport and dream about the possibilities. Call it a pet peeve, but I find it a little heartbreaking when brilliant retrospectives of great kickboxing moments wind up on MMA sites under “look at what this might teach us about MMA technique!” headings.

No one in particular is to blame for how things have turned out for kickboxing. Ultimately the success of any venture depends on the convergence of talent, a solid product, proper promotion, and a receptive market at an opportune moment in time. Kickboxing had various combinations of these things at different points in time, but the times and circumstances changed. The downfall of K-1 had as much to do with its management as it did with evolving trends in the Japanese entertainment market. Many factors came into play, but unfortunately, things ended for K-1 in an ugly way, leaving fighters with substantial outstanding earnings which they may never be able to fully collect. However, let us not kid ourselves about what it takes to build a real professional sport league. We’ve seen plenty of flamboyant millionaire playboys from around the world blow their money to party with celebrities and to book their favorite kickboxers for an evening of entertainment. Some of these mysterious rich dudes will even slap a label on their “organization” and take lots of photos with kickboxing bigwigs to make things look legit, but we all know that trying to produce a sustainable sports entertainment venue for the masses takes a lot more vision and tenacity than that. No matter how flashy their shows get, the playboys are not going to save Kickboxing, and neither will the small promotions like Top King (although we’ll give it a chance, just like we always do--that’s the story of Kickboxing, right?) that seem to come and go every year.

We really hope that Glory will actually make it. It seems like the formula’s been there--Glory had enough money, the right talent, the right TV deal, and an ostensible understanding of the business startup process (God knows there are enough smart-sounding former hedge fund/venture capital people on board--how many of them does it take to screw in a light bulb?). Where do things stand now? We really don’t know. We do know that there have been no shows in three months, and if it is indeed true that Glory is coming to Oklahoma on November 7, then that will make four months since its last show. We really hope that the lights will stay on at Glory because as kickboxing fans, we’ve looked forward for a long time to not living in the dark of the sports world. 



TopKing World Series 3 Final 8 Results and More Videos

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Here are all the results from Top King World Series 3 Final 8 from last night in Hong Kong. I figured I'd include Pornsanae's fight as well, I have to admit, it upset me.

Final 8 Tournament.

Marat Grigorian def. Eisa Alamda Nezam by Decision

Reece McAllister def. Marcin Parcheta by KO Rd 1

Khayal Dzhaniev def. Niclas Larsen by Decision

Buakaw Banchamek defeats Dmytro Konstantynov by Decision


Sangmanee Sor Tienpo def. Man Kwok by Decision  

Pongsaklek Sasiprapagym def. Marc Dass by Decision

Denis Puric def. Pornsanae Sitmonchai by KO in Rd 1

Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym def. Trishin Constantine by Decision



MAX Muay Thai Announces August 10th Event Headlined by Buakaw

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Consider this some of the most exciting news that we all saw from a mile away to happen in quite a while. After the recent movement in Buakaw's legal status and camp and MAX posting about the "best is back" on their Facebook page it was very clear what was going down. It is now, apparently, official according to their Facebook page.

On August 10th MAX Muay Thai will originate from Zhengzhou, China and feature a four-man tournament. The four men in the 68kg tournament are Liam Harrison, Sagetdao Petchphayathai, Zhang De Zeng and Martin Ahktar. Those four make for a pretty interesting tournament, although you could argue that Segetdao and Harrison are the clear favorites to meet in the Finals, but that's OK with us.

They also have confirmed that Buakaw Banchamek will be making his official return to the ring, meaning actually fighting and not involved in an exhibition, at this event. His opponent has yet to be named and on a month's notice I do not suspect that it will be a huge fight like everyone wants, but be patient.

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