Buakaw Banchamek

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Buakaw Banchamek
BornSombat Banchamek
(1982-05-08) May 8, 1982 (age 37)
Ban Song Nong County, Samrong Thap, Surin, Thailand
Native nameบัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ
Other namesBuakaw (บัวขาว)
The White Lotus
Black Gold
Nationality Thai
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight71.5 kg (158 lb; 11.26 st)
Division Featherweight
Style Muay Thai
Fighting out of Surin, Thailand
TeamPor. Pramuk Gym (1997–2012)
Banchamek Gym (2012–present)
TrainerLt. Teerawat Yioyim
Mr. Wuttisak Sasang
Years active1990–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout73
Other information
Notable students Superbon Banchamek
Website www.banchamekgym.com
last updated on: June 16, 2017

Sombat Banchamek (Thai : สมบัติ บัญชาเมฆ, born May 8, 1982) a.k.a Buakaw Banchamek (Thai: บัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ, Buakaw meaning "white lotus") is a Thai middleweight Muay Thai kickboxer of Kuy descent, who formerly [1] 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, Lumpinee Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, former #1-ranked fighter in Lumpinee Stadium, Thailand Featherweight champion and two-time K-1 World MAX champion. As of 1 November 2018, he is ranked the #10 lightweight in the world by Combat Press. [2]

Buakaw also briefly played professional football as a forward in the Regional League Division 2 for RBAC F.C..

Additonally, he has also embarked on an acting career, starring in 2010's Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya and 2017's Thong Dee Fun Khao.

Biography and career

Early career

Born as Sombat Banchamek (Thai : สมบัติ บัญชาเมฆ) in Surin, [1] 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 trained with the Por. Pramuk Gym. [3] His first fight name was Damtamin Kiat-anan.

Buakaw has collected several belts to his name 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 Satoshi 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. In 2005, 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 knockdown in the first round and 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 Buakaw 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, Buakaw had seven fights; four of which ended by way of stoppage. In the semi-finals of the 2011 Thai Fight 70 kg Tournament, he won by KO in the 3rd round via elbow against Mickael Piscitello. In December 18, 2011, he fought Frank Giorgi for the 2011 Thai Fight 70 kg Tournament Title and won by unanimous decision.

Leaving Por. Pramuk, retirement and comeback

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Buakaw, December 2012

On March 1, 2012, he was notably absent from his training camp. [4] [5] 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. [6] 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,". [7]

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. [8] He had resumed training at the "newly-built" Banchamek gym (named after him), [1] as of March 22, 2012. He was scheduled to fight Mickael Cornubet [9] at ThaiFight on April 17, 2012. [1]

On March 30, 2012, Buakaw 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. [10] 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." [9]

Buakaw's 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. [11] 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, when he defeated Abdoul Toure by way of TKO in round 2.

Buakaw 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. [12] [13] [14] [15] He then defeated Tomoyuki Nishikawa by unanimous decision in the tournament semi-finals in Nakhon Ratchasima on November 25, 2012. [16] [17] He fought Vitaly Gurkov in the final on December 16, 2012, and won the Thai Fight tournament via decision. [18] [19]

On March 27, 2013, Buakaw faced his friend and teammate Harlee Avison in a staged exhibition match, which was free to the public, at the brand new Beeline Arena in Cambodia. 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. [20]

Buakaw 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. [21] [22] [23] [24] He re-signed with K-1 in August 2013 [25] [26] 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. [27] [28] [29] [30] In their fourth meeting, Buakaw bested Yoshihiro Sato on points at MAX Muay Thai 4 in Sendai, Japan on October 6, 2013. [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] He beat Enriko Kehl by decision at MAX Muay Thai 5: The Final Chapter in Khon Kaen, Thailand on December 10, 2013. [36] [37]

Buakaw 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 to establish dominance to take the fight and advance in the tournament. [38] [39] 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. [40] [41]

Buakaw beat Victor Nagbe via unanimous decision at Combat Banchamek in Surin, Thailand, on April 14, 2014. [42] He knocked out Adaylton Parreira De Freitas in round two at Muay Thai in Macau on June 6, 2014. [43] Buakaw was scheduled to fight Fabio Pinca for the vacant WMC World Junior Middleweight (-69.9 kg/154 lb) Championship at Monte Carlo Fighting Masters 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on June 14, 2014. [44] [45] 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. [46] [47]

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. [48] However, the event was postponed due to the 2014 Thai coup d'état. [49]

Buakaw lost the TopKing World Series Semifinal Tournament (TK4) against Russian fighter Khayal Dzhaniev in a controversial decision. Many Muay Thai journalists have stated that Buakaw should have won the match.[ citation needed ] 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. [50]

Kunlun Fight 2017

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Buakaw Banchamek

Buakaw fought Chinese fighter Kong Lingfeng in the main event at Kunlun Fight 62 on June 10, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand. [51] He won the fight by decision. [52]

Buakaw was expected to headline the debut of Kunlun Fight in France on November 11 in Paris. [53] The event didn't happen and Buakaw fought in China at Kunlun Fight 67 where he knocked out Dutch Maroun Toutouh in the second round with punches. [54] [55]

All Star Fight

Buakaw defeated French Azize Hlali by knockout in the first round in the headline bout at All Star Fight on August 20, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. [56]

On September 30 Buakaw scored the decision against Sergey Kuliaba of Ukraine at All Star Fight 2 in Bangkok [57]

On December 10 Buakaw was expected to fight Fabio Pinca at All Star Fight 3 held in Paris, but the Frenchman pulled out after suffering the knockout defeat against Uzbekistan's Anvar Boynazarov at Glory 47 Lyon on October 28, 2017. [58] [59] The name of his new opponent is expected to be announced.


Buakaw is expected to challenge Spanish Jonay Risco for 70 kg title on March 9, 2018 at Enfusion kickboxing promotion in Abu Dhabi. [60]

Buakaw will challenge the Danish Nicklas R. Larsen on the 28 of April 2018 in the All Star Fight 3RD in Bangkok Thailand. The Portuguese Luis Passos would later replace Larsen.

Football career

Buakaw Banchamek
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-05-08) May 8, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Surin, Thailand
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Senior career*
2014–2015 RBAC 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 17 February 2014


Buakaw enrolled in Rattana Bundit University's business administration, he graduated in 2016 . [61] In February 2014, he signed for RBAC F.C., the association football club representing Rattana Bundit University, which plays in the Regional League Division 2 and is the reserve team of BEC Tero Sasana F.C., who plays in the Thai Premier League. Buakaw is a graduate of Rattana Bundit University (RBAC). [62] [63] Playing as a forward, he made his debut on February 16. [64]




Shoot Boxing


Muay Thai record

Muay Thai Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


2010 Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya Ai-SeuaThai debut film
2012Crazy Crying LadyColonel ChuchaiGuest appearance [68]
2013Buakaw – Boxer, Legend, LegacyHimselfDocumentary [69]
2017 Thong Dee Fun Khao ThongdeeMain role [70]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Souwer
S-Cup 2010 Winner
November 23, 2010
Succeeded by