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Buakaw and Thai Fight Being Sued for 100 Million Baht by Por Pramuk Camp

BuakawIt seemed inevitable that sooner or later the trigger would be pulled on the impending lawsuit between Por Pramuk, former Por Pramuk fighter, Buakaw, and the Thai Fight organization. Thai Fight ends up completely stuck in the middle between the two parties after they allowed Buakaw to fight on the April 17th event without consent from Buakaw's former management camp and doing so without paying them. There was talk of government involvement, including an ultimatum, but apparently the Por Pramuk camp has decided to move forward with a lawsuit.

The Bangkok Post has a story up detailing the suit, which has Por Pramuk suing for 100 million baht, or approximately $3.24 million USD. Por Pramuk's lawyer is motioning for Buakaw to settle this matter outside of court. The SAT is asking Buakaw and Por Pramuk to attend a meeting on May 10th to attempt to settle this as well, but if nothing is settled shortly a preliminary hearing is set for July 16th.

It seems like it will be quite a while before we get to see Buakaw fight again, sadly.

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John Wayne Parr To Retire After June 23 Fight

John Wayne Parr is a legend of kickfighting, and at almost 36 years of age he's signifying his retirement once again. JWP posted a message today saying that he would retire after his fight on June 23 at the Boonchu Cup - Cage Muay Thai Series:

"To everyone that has supported me over the years I would like to announce that June 23 on the Boonchu Cup will be my last fight. I will be 36yo in a few weeks, as much as I would like to continue fighting my body is at the point now where it is telling me to retire while I still have my health.I am looking forward to retiring with a bang though, inside the cage with Jordan Tai. For anyone that would like to come along you can book tickets through the link, or for tables please inbox me."

JWP will be fighting Jordan Tai, a fellow veteran under Muay Thai rules but the fight will take place in a cage with MMA gloves. 

John Wayne Parr has done so much for the sport both in and out of the ring. He's one of the most likeable fighters in all of fighting, and just one of the most likeable athletes in general. You can buy tickets for his Boonchu Cup - Cage Muay Thai Series event here.

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Yodsanklai Fairtex Returns On May 26 Against Vladimir Moravcik

It's been a while since Yodsanklai Fairtex last fought in November, losing a decision to Artur Kyshenko. Yod has showed some visible decline in his recent fights. He surprisingly lost three fights last year, which is very rare of him for the last six years.

Yod has fought all over the world but on May 26 he's headed to Slovakia. He'll face Vladimir Moravcik, a very solid 72.5-75kg fighter and the fight will be at 72.5kg. Moravcik hasn't lost since 2009 when he lost to the last man Yod lost to, Artur Kyshenko. Since then, he's reeled off a 12 fight unbeaten streak. 

There's also some other good fights on the card, including a few match-ups around 85kg that Glory should keep an eye on if they want names for their tournament. Miroslav Cingel of Slovakia takes on Stanislaw Zaniewski of Poland at 86kg. Both guys are solid fighters and a win could send one to the upper echelon of the divison. Marcel Jager fights Lukas Wolf at -82.55kg. Tomas Hron is also on the card against a to be announced opponent.

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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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