May 8, 1982
Ban Song Nong County, Samrong Thap, Surin, Thailand
|Native name||บัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ|
|Other names||Buakaw (บัวขาว) |
The White Lotus
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||71.5 kg (158 lb; 11.26 st)|
|Division|| Featherweight |
|Fighting out of||Surin, Thailand|
|Team||Por. Pramuk Gym (1997–2012) |
Banchamek Gym (2012–present)
|Trainer||Lt. Teerawat Yioyim|
Mr. Wuttisak Sasang
|Notable students||Superbon Banchamek|
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 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.
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.
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 trained with the Por. Pramuk Gym. 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.
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.
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, 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.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."
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.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. 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 the Thai Fight tournament via decision.
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.
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.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.
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.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.
Buakaw beat Victor Nagbe via unanimous decision at Combat Banchamek in Surin, Thailand, on April 14, 2014. kg/154 lb) Championship at 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.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
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 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.
Buakaw fought Chinese fighter Kong Lingfeng in the main event at Kunlun Fight 62 on June 10, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.He won the fight by decision.
Buakaw was expected to headline the debut of Kunlun Fight in France on November 11 in Paris.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.
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.
On September 30 Buakaw scored the decision against Sergey Kuliaba of Ukraine at All Star Fight 2 in Bangkok
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.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.
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.
|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 onlyand correct as of 17 February 2014|
Buakaw enrolled in Rattana Bundit University's business administration, he graduated in 2016 .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). Playing as a forward, he made his debut on February 16.
|Muay Thai Record|
239 Wins (73 (T)KO's), 24 Losses, 12 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
|2010||Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya||Ai-Seua||Thai debut film|
|2012||Crazy Crying Lady||Colonel Chuchai||Guest appearance|
|2013||Buakaw – Boxer, Legend, Legacy||Himself||Documentary|
|2017||Thong Dee Fun Khao||Thongdee||Main role|
Artur Kyshenko is a Ukrainian middleweight kickboxer, fighting out of Kyshenko Gym. He is the 2015 Kunlun Fight 80 kg Tournament World Champion and K-1 World MAX 2008 Finalist.
Yodsanklai Fairtex a.k.a. Yod is a Thai Thaiboxer. He is the former super welterweight WBC Muay Thai World champion at 154 lbs, and a two-time Lumpinee Stadium champion in the 112 and 147 lb weight classes. He trains out of Fairtex Gym in Pattaya, Thailand, and is the first champion of The Contender Asia. He was nicknamed "The Boxing Computer" by Thai sports newspapers as a testament to his perfect fighting technique. On June 11, 2017, he announced on Facebook that he would be retiring from fighting. On Dec 26, 2017 he announced on Facebook that he will come back to ring in February 2018. As of 1 November 2018, he is ranked by Combat Press 5th lightweight in the world. As of September 6, 2019, he is ranked the #10 lightweight in the world by Combat Press.
Warren "Chaka Zulu" Stevelmans is a South African kickboxer, fighting out of Vos Gym in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is the K-1 MAX Netherlands 2008 tournament champion.
Marco "The Sniper" Piqué is a Dutch-Surinamese welterweight kickboxer, fighting out of Team Snipers in The Hague, Netherlands. He is the current World Full Contact Association Muay Thai middleweight world champion, WMC intercontinental champion, and a two-time K-1 MAX regional tournament finalist.
Saenchai, formerly known as Saenchai Sor. Kingstar, is a Thai Muay Thai fighter. Saenchai won the Lumpinee Championship title, which is widely considered the most prestigious title in Muay Thai, in four different weight divisions, while mostly fighting larger opponents. He is considered by many to be the best pound for pound Muay Thai fighter, and is regarded as one of the best fighters of all time. Saenchai would often give up weight to find worthy opponents in Thailand, and from 2003-2014 only lost two times in Thailand when the weights were equal, with all other losses happening when he was forced to have a weight disadvantage to make the fights more evenly matched. Against foreigners the gap in skill is so great he will go up as high as 147 pounds, which is 15+ pounds above his optimal weight class.
Orono Wor Petchpun is a Thai super featherweight kickboxer and bantamweight mixed martial artist fighting out of Wor Petchpun Gym in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. He is former Lumpinee Stadium champion and three-time champion of Thailand. He is the current It's Showtime 65MAX World champion and is based in Singapore where he is a member of the Evolve Mixed Martial Arts fight team.
Vitaly Hurkou, is a Belarusian welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer fighting out of Minsk for Patriot Gym. He is a seven time amateur Muay Thai world champion and is the K-1 World MAX 2010 East Europe champion currently competing in K-1 MAX. Singer of the rock band Brutto.
Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee is a Thai Muay Thai kickboxer and the reigning Thailand and World Kickboxing Network Muaythai Welterweight world champion.
Karim Ghajji, is a French kickboxer and B-boy. As of 1 October 2017, he is ranked the #3 welterweight in the world by CombatPress.com.
Andrei "Bullet" Kulebin is a Belarusian Muay Thai welterweight kickboxer fighting out of Minsk, Belarus for Gym "Kick Fighter". He is an 18 time Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion who has won international titles both at amateur and professional level from 51 kg to 67 kg and is considered one of the top pound for pound Muay Thai fighters outside of Thailand. In 2007 he was the first Muay Thai fighter in Belarus to be awarded the "Honored Master of Sport" by the countries president.
Dmitry 'Black Valet' Valent is a Belarusian Muay Thai middleweight/super middleweight kickboxer fighting out of Minsk, Belarus for Gym "Kick Fighter". He is a ten-time amateur and professional world champion who is known for his vicious elbows and explosive KO power. He has also won titles at junior and European level. Dmitry is one of Belarus's top fighters.
Sagetdao Petpaiyathai is a retired Muay Thai fighter from Thailand. He is a former Lumpinee Stadium champion and was known for his strong knee and clinch style of fighting. He now teaches at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
Eakpracha Meenayothin is a Thai Muay Thai kickboxer. He is the Lumpinee Stadium, WMC and Thailand Welterweight Champion. He is also two times Toyota Vigo Marathon Tournament Champion.
Simon Marcus, also known as The One, is a Canadian Muay Thai kickboxer of Jamaican descent, who competes in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Marcus took up Muay Thai at sixteen and achieved success as an amateur initially by medaling at three international tournaments as well as capturing the North American Cruiserweight Championship. Having turned professional in 2009, he had a breakout year in 2012 when he beat Kaoklai Kaennorsing for the WPMF World Light Heavyweight title and defeated Joe Schilling twice in a notable rivalry.
Frank Muñoz is a Spanish heavyweight kickboxer fighting in the SUPERKOMBAT Fighting Championship where he is the 2013 SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix Tournament Champion. He is also current WAKO-Pro K-1 European champion.
Filip Verlinden is a Belgian kickboxer who competes in the Middlewight divisions. Verlinden was introduced to the sport at an early age and came to prominence in 2008 when he won the WKA European Super Cruiserweight Muay Thai Championship, followed by the WKA World Cruiserweight title the following year. He then took the gold medal at the 2010 IFMA World Championships in the +91 kg/200 lb division as an amateur before a short stint in the It's Showtime promotion where he unsuccessfully challenged Danyo Ilunga for the It's Showtime 95MAX Championship in June 2012. Later that year, he joined Glory.
Yetkin Özkul is a Turkish Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. An aggressive and powerful fighter who utilizes boxing heavily, Özkul is also known to employ hard low kicks and as well as spinning kicks. After beginning his martial arts training in taekwondo at twelve years old, he later switched to kickboxing and Muay Thai and racked up over a hundred amateur fights, and a bronze medal at the 2004 WMF World Championships, before turning professional and relocating to France. After taking national titles in both his native and adopted countries, he became a world titlist in May 2012 when he stopped Thomas Adamandopoulos for the ISKA World Super Lightweight Oriental Championship.
Xu Yan is a Chinese Sanshou, Muay Thai, kickboxer who competes in the middleweight division. A multiple time provincial and national Sanshou titlist in his home country, Xu later made the switch to Oriental rules kickboxing and gained recognition fighting internationally in promotions such as Fight Code, K-1 and Shootboxing.
Enriko Kehl, is a German Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the welterweight division. As of January 2015, he is ranked at #10 in the WBC Muay Thai's middleweight rankings. As of 11 May 2015, he is ranked the #9 lightweight in the world by LiverKick.com.
Superbon Banchamek is a Thai Muay Thai kickboxer fighting out of Bangkok. Superbon is currently ranked number one on the WBC world super-welterweight rankings. He is the former Professional Association of Thailand Muay Thai champion and is currently ranked number 1 in Kunlun Fight 70 kg rankings. As of 1 November 2018, he is ranked the #4 lightweight in the world by Combat Press.
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.
| S-Cup 2010 Winner|
November 23, 2010