Buakaw Banchamek Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who Is Buakaw Banchamek?
Buakaw Banchamek, born May 8, 1982 is a Muay Thai kickboxer of Kuy descent who fights in the middleweight division. He is a former Lumpinee Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, two time Omnoi Stadium champion, as well as the former #1 ranked fighter in Lumpinee Stadium. He fights under the ring name Buakaw Por. Pramuk, and the former fought out of Por. Pramuk Gym in Bangkok, Thailand.
What this article covers:
- Who Is Buakaw Banchamek?
- How Much Is Buakaw Banchamek Worth?
- Buakaw Banchamek Fight List
- Buakaw Banchamek Best Fight of All Time
- Buakaw Banchamek’s Record
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Banchamek began training at the age of eight in his hometown of Surin in northeastern Thailand. After moving to Chachoengsao when he was 15, he began training at the Por. Pramuk Gym. In his early career he quickly earned several belts while fighting in Bangkok, his first belt being the Omnoi Stadium featherweight title. Not long after, he went on to earn the featherweight champion of Thailand title. As of August 2020, Backamek was ranked as the #10 lightweight kickboxer in the world by Combat Press.
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In addition to his Muay Thai career, Banchamek also played professional football as a forward in the Regional League Division 2 for RBAC FC. He also engaged in an acting career, starring in Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya as well as Thong Dee Fun Khao. Currently, Banchamek has a village project in the Chiang Mai Province of Thailand. Buakaw village consists of a restaurant and a Muay Thai gym, as well as bungalows that can be rented by people who want to come to visit and train at the Muay Thai gym.
How Old Is Buakaw Banchamek?
Born on May 8, 1982, Buakaw Banchamek is 39 years old.
Buakaw Banchamek’s Family
Banchamek is one of five siblings, and is the only kickboxer in his family.
Where is Buakaw From?
Buakaw Banchamek, a name synonymous with elite Muay Thai fighting, hails from the Ban Song Nong in the Samrong Thap district of Surin Province, Thailand. His Thai nationality is a significant aspect of his identity, given that Muay Thai is deeply intertwined with Thai culture and history. Buakaw's adeptness in Muay Thai and his international reputation have made him not just a fighter but an ambassador for Thai martial arts, bringing attention to the rich and dynamic world of Muay Thai on the global stage.
How Much Is Buakaw Banchamek Worth?
It is estimated that Buakaw Banchamek has an approximate net worth of $1.7 Million.
How Tall Is Buakaw Banchamek?
Buakaw Banchamek stands at 5 feet and 8.5 inches tall.
How Much Does Buakaw Banchamek Weigh?
Buakaw Banchamek weighs 158 pounds.
Buakaw Banchamek Fight List
Buakaw became the K-1 MAX World Champion in 2004 after beating several opponents including the previous champion. He came close to winning the tournament again the following year, but lost in the finals to Andy Souwer. He faced Andy again the next year in the K-1 MAX World Grand Prix and this time he defeated Andy by Tko, giving him his second K-1 World Max title. He was the first man to win this title twice.
Progressing far into the 2007 K-1 World Max tournament again in 2007, Buakaw lost to Masato in the quarterfinals. Buakaw landed several brutal leg kicks throughout the fight, however Masato landed a knockdown in the first round and continued to land several punch combinations throughout the fight which resulted in his win by unanimous decision.
Buakaw earned the title of semifinalist in the 2009 K-1 World Max tournament, and then chose not to compete in the K-1 World Max 2010 Seoul World Championship tournament as he was displeased with the biased decisions of K-1 officials. Instead Buakaw decided to compete in the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2010, where he became the 2019 Shoot Boxing S-Cup World Champion.
Buakaw had 7 Muay Thai fights in 2011. He won by third round KO with an elbow in the semi-finals of the 2011 Thai Fight 70 kg tournament. In December 2011 he won the Thai Fight 70 kg Tournament title after beating Frank Giorgi by unanimous decision. Also in 2011, Buakaw became a sponsored fighter by the founder of Yokkao, Phillip Villa. Buakaw had the opportunity to lead the Muay Thai Combat Fan Expo in Italy to showcase the sport with some other high level fighters.
In January 2012, Buakaw won the main event at Yokkao Extreme in Italy where he defeated Dzhabar Askerov by points. Shortly after this fight in March 2012, Buakaw was notably absent from his training camp. Later that month he appeared on Thai TV apologizing to his fans for his disappearance, stating he felt insulated and treated poorly by the management of his gym, Por. Pramuk Gym. He had been scheduled to visit Japan for a big fight, however it was canceled in favor of another fight and Buakaw took offense to this. At this point he decided to part ways with his gym.
Just after his TV announcement, Buakaw’s sponsor Yokkao Boxing announced that he would return to training and he began fighting under his new and current fight name. He began training at a newly built gym that was named after him.
Buakaw had success in his first fight after leaving Por Pramuk Gym as he defeated Rustem Zaripov by knockout in the second round. In the quarter finals of the 2012 Thai Fight 70 kg tournament Buakaw defeated Mauro Serro by TKO. Going on to the semifinals, Buakaw defeated Tomoyuki Nishikawa by unanimous decision, and then went on to defeat Vitaly Gurkov in the finals.
In more recent years, Buakaw had a big fight at Kunlun Fight 62 against well known Chinese fighter Kong Lingfeng in which Buakaw won by decision. Continuing to fight for the Kunlun promotion, Buakaw defeated Maroun Toutouh in the second round with punches at the Kunlun Fight 67 in China.
In August of 2017, Buakaw defeated Azize Hlali by knockout during their headline fight at All Star Fight in Bangkok, Thailand. In September of that year, Buakaw defeated Sergey Kuliaba by decision at All Star Fight 2 in Bangkok.
In 2018 Buakaw fought Nayanesh Ayman at Kunlun Fight 69 in China where he won with a knockout in the first round. He had several more fights throughout 2018, all of which he won. His most recent fight was as the headline event at All Star Fight: World Soldier in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2019. This show was organized with the Royal Thai Army to help to promote the sport of Muay Thay. Buakaw defeated Russian Kickboxer Artem Pashporin by unanimous decision.
Buakaw Banchamek Best Fight Of All Time
Buakaw Banchamek’s best fight of all time is widely considered to be his fight against Zhou Zhi Peng at the K-1 World Max 2013 World Championship Tournament Quarter Finals. This was an exciting back and forth fight which Zhou attempted to turn into a brawl. Buakaw had done well and did enough to win a decision, however the judges decided to send the fight into an extra round. Though Buakaw had just suffered a severe cut due to a headbutt he was able to establish dominance and win the fight to advance in the tournament.
Buakaw vs Rodtang
A matchup between Buakaw Banchamek and Rodtang Jitmuangnon is the stuff of legends, a dream for Muay Thai enthusiasts. While Buakaw is a seasoned and iconic figure, known for his technical prowess and powerful strikes, Rodtang is a younger fighter with an aggressive, forward-pressing style that has earned him the nickname "The Iron Man of Muay Thai." Although both fighters have made significant impacts in the world of Muay Thai, as of now, they haven't faced each other in the ring. A fight between the two would be a classic tale of experience meeting youthful exuberance, a spectacle that would draw the eyes of the Muay Thai world and beyond.
Who Did Buakaw Banchamek Lose To?
Buakaw Banchamek has lost to Rattanasak Kratindaeg, Sot Locknongyangtoy, Krairat Pro.Paoin, Dokmaifai TorSitthichai, Mahakarn Por. Pongsawang, Charlie Sor Chaitamin, Sattaban Tor. Rattanakiat, Pethnamek Sor Siriwat, Albert Kraus, Andy Souwer, Masato, Yoshihiro Sato, Enriko Kehl, Khayyal Dzhaniev, Yi Long, and Jonay Risco.
Buakaw Banchamek Injuries
Buakaw has suffered many deep lacerations during his fights. He also suffered broken ribs after receiving some brutal elbows from an opponent.
Buakaw Banchamek’s Record
Buakaw Banchamek’s professional kickboxing record stands as 239-24.
Buakaw Banchamek’s Belts
Buakaw's illustrious career is decorated with numerous championships and titles, emblematic of his mastery in Muay Thai. He has secured victories in prestigious competitions like the K-1 World MAX and has repeatedly proven his mettle against top-tier opponents from across the globe. Each belt and title Buakaw has won is a testament to his skills, resilience, and indomitable spirit. His collection of belts narrates a story of triumphs, challenges, and the unyielding pursuit of excellence, marking him as one of Muay Thai's living legends.
Is Buakaw Banchamek Retired?
No, Buakaw Banchamek is not retired. He had retired briefly, but came back to fighting quickly and is currently active.
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