|"White Lotus" Buakaw Banchamek
Buakaw in 2007
May 8, 1982
Bansongnong County, Samrong Thap, Surin Province, Thailand
|Native name||บัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ|
|Other names||Buakaw (บัวขาว)
The White Lotus
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||69.5 kg (153 lb; 10.94 st)|
|Fighting out of||Surin, Thailand|
|Team||Por. Pramuk Gym (1997- 2012)
Banchamek Gym (2012-present)
|Trainer||Jood Por. Pramuk
Buakaw Banchamek aka Buakhao (Thai meaning, "white lotus", (Thai: บัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ, born May 8, 1982) is a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer, who formerly fought out of Por. Pramuk Gym, in Bangkok, Thailand under the ring name Buakaw Por. Pramuk (Thai: บัวขาว ป.ประมุข). He is a former two time Omnoi Stadium champion, Lumpini Stadium Toyota Marathon Champion, Thailand Featherweight champion and two time, 2004, 2006 K-1 World MAX champion.
Biography and career
Born as Sombat Banchamek (Thai: สมบัติ บัญชาเมฆ) in Surin, Thailand, Buakaw started his fighting career at the age of eight in his home province of Surin in the northeastern Thailand. He moved to Chachoengsao when he was 15, and since then he has been with the Por. Pramuk Gym. His first fight name was Damtamin Kiat-anan.
Buakaw has collected several belts to his name since fighting in Bangkok. The Omnoi Stadium featherweight title was his first belt, after that he would go on to take the featherweight champion of Thailand title. Buakaw then proceeded to win another Omnoi Stadium title belt, this time in the lightweight division. In December 2002, Buakaw won the Toyota Marathon 140 lb. tournament at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, beating the highly regarded Kobayashi of Japan in the finals.
In July 2005 Buakaw became the K-1 MAX World champion beating John Wayne Parr, Takayuki Kohiruimaki and previous champion Masato in the finals. In 2005 he nearly repeated his run for tournament champion, but lost the extra round controversial decision to Dutch shoot-boxer, Andy Souwer in the finals. In the 2006 K-1 MAX World Grand Prix, Buakaw again faced Andy Souwer in the finals, but this time defeated Souwer by TKO with a flurry of punches, thereby winning his second K-1 World MAX title and becoming the first man to win that title twice.
Buakaw lost to Masato by unanimous decision at the K-1 World MAX 2007 quarterfinals. Despite Buakaw being able to land vicious leg kicks throughout the match, Masato scored a knockdown in the first round and continued to land numerous punch combinations throughout the fight which earned Masato a unanimous decision victory.
In 2010, Buakaw co-starred in the martial arts movie Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya based on the life of Yamada Nagamasa, a Japanese adventurer who gained considerable influence in Thailand at the beginning of the 17th century and became the governor of the Nakhon Si Thammarat province in southern Thailand.
Even though being the semi finalist of the K-1 World MAX 2009 Final Buakaw did not compete in the K-1 World MAX 2010 in Seoul World Championship Tournament Final 16 because he was displeased with the K-1 official. Instead he entered the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2010 along with the former three time tournament champion Andy Souwer. However Toby Imada defeated Souwer in the semi finals to face Buakaw in the final. Buakaw defeated Imada via TKO in the second round to become the new 2010 Shoot Boxing S-Cup World champion.
In 2011 he had 7 fights; 4 of which have ended by way of stoppage. In the semi-finals of 2011 Thai Fight 70 kg Tournament he won by KO in the 3rd round via elbow against Mickael Piscitello.
December 18, 2011 he fought Franki Giorgi for the 2011 Thai Fight 70 kg Tournament Title and won by unanimous decision.
Leaving Por. Pramuk and Retirement and Coming Back
Since March 1, 2012, he was missing away from his training camp. On March 12, he appeared on a Thai TV talk show and apologized to the fans. He stated that he has had chronic problems in Por. Pramuk Gym since 2009 and felt that he was insulted by the behavior of the key figure there, that was why he disappeared. He had been scheduled to visit Japan with the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for an exhibition match but it was canceled with another fight. As a result of the contemplation, he decided to part ways with the gym. He said "I can stand tough training, but not poor treatment. It is about mind, not the body,".
On March 17, 2012, Buakaw's sponsor Yokkao Boxing announced on Twitter that he would return to training. At this time they are referring to him as Buakaw Banchamek. He had resumed training at the "newly-built" Banchamek gym (named after him), as of March 22, 2012. He was scheduled to fight Mickael Cornubet at ThaiFight on April 17, 2012.
As of March 30, 2012 he was prevented from fighting at Thai Fight in April 2012, until he files a complaint with Sports Authority of Thailand, and later is proven right about his claims of being "unfairly treated" by Por. Pramuk. On April 4 he said that his fight name for the fight later that month, would be "Buakaw", and that he "may not use the name of the boxing camp Por. Pramuk".
His first fight after leaving Por Pramuk Gym was a success. He knocked out Rustem Zaripov at 2:45 of the 2nd round with very accurate punches. As of May 31, 2012 Buakaw told the press that he wanted to end the dispute between him and Por Pramuk Gym; therefore he decided to retire. Buakaw has been seen in jiujitsu, judo and wrestling classes, showing signs of a possible MMA career. This would allow Buakaw to fight without breaching his contract with the Por Pramuk boxing camp. Returning to the ring, on August 17, 2012 Buakaw defeated Abdoul Toure by way of TKO in Round 2.
On March 27 Buakaw Banchamek (Por Pramuk) faced his friend and team mate Harlee Avison in a staged exhibition match at the brand new Beeline Arena in Cambodia which was free to the public.
On May 6, 2013, Buakaw again went off script to KO Malik Watson in round two in an exhibition match at MAX Muay Thai 1 in Surin, Thailand.
He re-signed with K-1 for the first time in four years in August 2013 and returned with a first round body shot KO of David Calvo at the K-1 World MAX 2013 World Championship Tournament Final 16 in Mallorca, Spain on September 14, 2013.
He defeated Zhou Zhi Peng on points after an extension round at the K-1 World MAX 2013 World Championship Tournament Quarter Finals - Part 1 in Foshan, China on December 28, 2013. Zhou turned the fight into somewhat of a brawl, although it seemed Buakaw did enough to win the decision the judges sent it to an extra frame in which Buakaw suffered a cut from a head butt. However, he made sure to establish dominance in the extra round to take the fight and advance in the tournament.
He beat Victor Nagbe via unanimous decision at Combat Banchamek in Surin, Thailand on April 14, 2014.
He knocked out Adaylton Parreira De Freitas in round two at Muay Thai in Macau on June 6, 2014.
Buakaw was scheduled to fight Fabio Pinca for the vacant WMC World Junior Middleweight (-69.9 kg/154 lb) Championship Monte Carlo Fighting Masters 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco on June 14, 2014. However, Pinca was injured in a bout with Thongchai Sitsongpeenong in February and was replaced by Djime Coulibaly. Buakaw defeated Coulibaly via unanimous decision to take the belt.
Buakaw was initially set to rematch Enriko Kehl in the K-1 World MAX 2013 World Championship Tournament Final in Pattaya, Thailand on July 26, 2014. The event was postponed due to the 2014 Thai coup d'état, however.
Buakaw lost the TopKing World Series Semifinal Tournament (TK4) against the Russian Khayal Dzhaniev; Buakaw also suffered from deep cuts in his head inflicted by Khayal's elbows while Khayal suffered from broken ribs and was hospitalized and forced to forfeit the final match the same night.
|Date of birth||May 8, 1982|
|Place of birth||Surin, Thailand|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 February 2014.
Buakaw enrolled in Rattana Bundit University's business administration school in June 2013. In February 2014, he signed for RBAC F.C., the university's association football club which plays in the Regional League Division 2 and is the reserve team of BEC Tero Sasana F.C.. Playing as a forward, he made his debut in a match on February 16.
- 2015 Wu Lin Feng World Championship
- 2015 WMC Muaythai (154 lb) World Championship
- K-1 World MAX 2014 World Championship Tournament Championship Runner-Up
- 2014 WBC Muaythai Diamond World Championship (-70 kg).
- 2014 WMC Junior Middleweight (-69.9 kg/154 lb) World champion
- 2013 Liver Kick.com Comeback of the Year
- 2012 Thai Fight Tournament champion (-70 kg).
- 2011 Thai Fight Tournament champion (-70 kg)
- 2011 WMC World Junior Middleweight champion
- 2010 Shoot Boxing S-Cup World champion
- 2009 WMC/MAD Muaythai World champion
- 2006 K-1 World MAX champion
- 2006 WMC Super-Welterweight World champion
- 2005 S-1 Super-Welterweight World champion
- 2005 K-1 World MAX 2005 Finalist
- MTA World Muay Thai Champion
- 2004 K-1 World MAX champion
- 2003 KOMA GP Lightweight champion
- Omnoi Stadium Lightweight champion
- 2002 Toyota Muay Thai Marathon Tournament 140 lb. class winner
- 2001 Professional Boxing Association of Thailand Featherweight champion
- Omnoi Stadium Featherweight champion
Muay Thai record
237Wins (66 (T)KO's), 23 Losses(1 KO), 5 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
2013 : Buakaw-Boxer, Legend, Legacy
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- Cusick, Patrick (2012-03-18). "Buakaw Banchamek". Bangkok Post. p. S11.
- "Missing fighter Buakaw 'worn out'". Bangkok Post. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- "Boxer Buakaw goes missing". The Nation. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- "Buakaw: Criticism hurt me". Bangkok Post. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- "Buakaw resurfaces, quits camp". Bangkok Post. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
- "Buakaw is back". Yokkao Boxing. March 17, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- [No author credited] (2012-04-05). "Buakaw confirms Thai Fight participation". Bangkok Post. Bangkok Post/AP.
- Kittipong Thongsombat (2012-03-31). "Thailand bans mixed martial arts". Bangkok Post. p. S6.
SAT deputy governor Sakol Wannapong said Buakaw cannot fight until he files a complaint with the SAT which will investigate if Buakaw was unfairly treated by Por. Pramuk. If his claim is proven true, then he will be allowed to fight, Sakol said.
- "Buakaw calls it quits as dispute rages on". Bangkok Post. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
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- Dave Walsh. "Fights To Watch In December: Part 2". liverkick.com.
- Dave Walsh. "Thai Fight Results: Buakaw, Singmanee Win Tournaments". liverkick.com.
-  Archived May 13, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Buakaw signs long term deal with K-1 - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
- Dave Walsh. "K-1 Announces K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 Tournament Fights". liverkick.com.
- Dave Walsh. "K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 Live Results". liverkick.com.
- "K-1 World Max Final 16 2013 Results - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
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- Dave Walsh. "Buakaw Banchamek Will Face Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Japan". liverkick.com.
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- Dave Walsh. "Buakaw Victorious Over Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Muay Thai IV". liverkick.com.
- "MAX Muay Thai IV: Sendai Results - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
- Dave Walsh. "MAX Muay Thai Results: Buakaw Beats Kehl, Sagetdao Wins Tournament". liverkick.com.
- "Max Muay Thai "The Final Chapter" Results - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
- Dave Walsh. "Buakaw Banchamek and Shane Campbell Advance in K-1 World MAX Tournament". liverkick.com.
- "K-1 World Max China Quarterfinal Results - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
- "K-1 World MAX Semi-Final Results - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
- Dave Walsh. "K-1 World MAX Final Four Live Results". liverkick.com.
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- "Muay Thai in Macau Results: Kem, Buakaw, and Saenchai victorious - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.com.
- Super Utilisateur. "Fightings". monte-carlo-fighting-masters.com.
-  Archived February 27, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Jay Jauncey. "LiverKick - Buakaw Banchamek vs Djime Coulibaly 2 Monte Carlo Results". liverkick.com.
-  Archived June 25, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Dave Walsh. "LiverKick - K-1 Brings in Andre Dida, World MAX Finals Gearing Up". liverkick.com.
- Dave Walsh. "LiverKick - K-1 Postpones World MAX Show in Thailand". liverkick.com.
- "Results/Videos: TopKing World Series Final TK4 – Buakaw loses!". Muay Farang - Muay Thai News.
- "PHOTO: Famed boxer Buakaw becomes freshman at RBAC". Bangkok.
- "K-1 legend Buakaw Por Pramuk signs for Thai club". Goal.com.
- "Buakaw kicks off new sports career | Bangkok Post: news". Bangkok Post. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
- Dave Walsh. "Buakaw Banchamek Giving Professional Soccer a Whirl". liverkick.com.
- Dave Walsh. "LiverKick Best of 2013: Comeback of the Year". liverkick.com.
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- "World premiere: "Buakaw-Boxer,Legend,Legacy" documentary.". Muay Farang - Muay Thai News.
- Buakaw Banchamek's official facebook
- Por. Pramuk Gym official site
- Updates, news, and fight videos
|S-Cup 2010 Winner
November 23, 2010