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Buakaw Banchamek
Thai kickboxer

Buakaw Banchamek

Buakaw Banchamek
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Birth 8 May 1982, Chachoengsao
Age 40 years
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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 former two time Omnoi Stadium champion, Lumpini Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, Thailand Featherweight champion and two time, 2004, 2006 K-1 World MAX champion.
In addition, Buakaw also played professional football as a forward in Regional League Division 2 for RBAC F.C.

Biography and career

Early 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 2004, Buakaw became the K-1 MAX World champion beating John Wayne Parr, Takayuki Kohiruimaki and previous champion Masato in the finals. Within the same year, he nearly repeated his run for tournament champion but lost the extra round in a 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 such 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 slip that the referee erroneously ruled as a knockdown in the first round. Masato continued to land numerous punch combinations throughout the fight which earned him 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.

Although he was a 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's biased decision. 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.

After K-1

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

On March 1, 2012, he was notably absent from his training camp. On March 12, he appeared on a Thai TV talk show to apologize to the fans and explain his disappearance, stating that he had recurring problems in Por. Pramuk Gym since 2009 and felt insulted by the behavior of the management there. He had been scheduled to visit Japan with the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for an exhibition match but it was canceled in favor of another fight. As a result of the complication, he decided to part ways with the gym. He said "I can stand tough training, but not poor treatment. It is about the mind, not the body,".

On March 17, 2012, Buakaw's sponsor Yokkao Boxing announced that he would return to training.It was at this time that they began 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.

On March 30, 2012, he was prevented from fighting at Thai Fight in April 2012, until he filed a complaint with the Sports Authority of Thailand proving his claims of unfair treatment 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 accurate punches. On May 31, 2012 Buakaw told the press that he wanted to end the dispute between him and Por Pramuk Gym. For a time, Buakaw was seen in jiujitsu, judo, and wrestling classes. An MMA career would have allowed Buakaw to fight without breaching his contract with the Por. Pramuk boxing camp. Nevertheless, Buakaw returned to the ring on August 17, 2012 where he defeated Abdoul Toure by way of TKO in Round 2.

He beat Mauro Serra via TKO in the quarter-finals of the 2012 Thai Fight 70 kg Tournament at Thai Fight 2012: King of Muay Thai in Bangkok, Thailand on October 23, 2012.

He then defeated Tomoyuki Nishikawa by unanimous decision in the tournament semi-finals in Nakhon Ratchasima on November 25, 2012.

He fought Vitaly Gurkov in the final on December 16, 2012, and won Thai Fight tournament via decision.

On March 27, Buakaw Banchamek (Por Pramuk) faced his friend and teammate 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 made his return to legitimate fighting with a decision win over Dong Wen Fei in a three round kickboxing match at MAX Muay Thai 3 in China on August 10, 2013.

He re-signed with K-1 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.

In their fourth meeting, Buakaw bested Yoshihiro Sato on points at MAX Muay Thai 4 in Sendai, Japan on October 6, 2013.

He beat Enriko Kehl by decision at MAX Muay Thai 5: The Final Chapter in Khon Kaen, Thailand on December 10, 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 attempted to turned the fight into a brawl and despite Buakaw doing enough to win the decision, the judges sent it to an extra round in which Buakaw suffered a cut from a head butt. In spite of this, Buakaw was able establish dominance to take the fight and advance in the tournament.

At the K-1 World MAX 2013 World Championship Tournament Final 4 in Baku, Azerbaijan on February 23, 2014, he beat Lee Sung-Hyun by unanimous decision in the semi-finals.

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. However, the event was postponed due to the 2014 Thai coup d'état.

Buakaw lost the TopKing World Series Semifinal Tournament (TK4) against the Russian Khayal Dzhaniev in a controversial decision. Many Muay Thai journalists have stated that Buakaw should have won the match. Buakaw also suffered from deep cuts in his head inflicted by Khayal's elbows while Khayal suffered broken ribs. Khayal was later hospitalized upon being forced to forfeit the final match that same night.

Football career


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.



  • K-1
    • 2014 K-1 World MAX Championship Tournament Runner Up
    • 2006 K-1 World MAX Champion
    • 2005 K-1 World MAX Runner Up
    • 2004 K-1 World MAX Champion
  • Wu Lin Feng
    • 2015 Wu Lin Feng World Championship


  • Omnoi Stadium
    • 2002 Omnoi Stadium Lightweight Champion
    • 2000 Omnoi Stadium Featherweight Champion
  • Professional Boxing Association of Thailand
    • 2001 Thailand (PAT) Featherweight Champion
  • Toyota Cup
    • 2002 Toyota Muay Thai Marathon Tournament 140 lbs Champion
  • World Muaythai Council
    • 2014-2015 WMC Muaythai Junior Middleweight World Champion
    • 2011 WMC Muaythai Junior Middleweight World Champion
    • 2009 WMC/MAD Muaythai Super Welterweight World Champion
    • 2006-2007 WMC Muaythai Super Welterweight World Champion
  • WBC Muay Thai
    • 2014 WBC Muaythai Diamond World Championship
    • 2012 Thai Fight Tournament Champion
    • 2011 Thai Fight Tournament Champion
  • S-1 Muaythai
    • 2005 S-1 Super Welterweight World Champion
  • Muay Thai Association
    • 2005 MTA World Champion
  • Kunlun Fight
    • 2016 Kunlun Fight Muaythai Middleweight World Championship
  • Phoenix Fighting Championship
    • 2016 PFC Lightweight Champion
  • King of Martial Arts
    • 2003 KOMA GP Lightweight Champion

Shoot Boxing

  • S-cup
    • 2010 Shoot Boxing S-Cup World champion


  • Liver Kick.com
    • 2013 Liver Kick.com Comeback of the Year

Muay Thai record

Muay Thai Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest



2010: Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya

2013: Buakaw — Boxer, Legend, Legacy

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