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

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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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Want to Know Who Longern Superpro Samui Is? We Have You Covered

Since the announcement sent out by K-1 with their line-up so far for the K-1 World MAX Final 16 tournament, there has been some confusion as to who Longern Superpro Samui is and why he is included in the K-1 World MAX tournament. Well, Longern has not always been known as Longern. Before he was at Superpro Samui, he was known as Loh-ngern Pitakkruchaiden. If that name sounds familiar, it could be because he was set to face Kevin Ross for Lion Fights last year before having to pull out due to injury.

We've confirmed his identity with the Superpro Samui gym and have gone digging, so here are a few fights from Longern.

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Buakaw Banchamek Cleared to Fight on April 17th

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The artist formerly known as Buakaw Por Pramuk, now known as Buakaw Banchamek but is really Sombat Banchamek has been cleared for his upcoming fight on April 17th at Thai Fight in Pattaya, Thailand. At a press conference yesterday in Thailand confirmed that he would indeed participate in Thai Fight in Pattaya, that he would be doing so as Buakaw Banchamek. There was also talk of him possibly fighting under his real name of Sombat Banchamek in the future, but for now he will keep the name "Buakaw" to help promote his upcoming fight.

Buakaw confirmed that he will be staying in Surin, Thailand with his family and that he is content for the time being. For a fighter of his international profile and talent, this is important and one of the best case scenario endings for this whole ordeal. [source]

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