Buakaw Banchamek (Thai: สมบัติ บัญชาเมฆ, born May 8, 1982) AKA Buakaw Banchamek (Thai: บัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ, Buakaw meaning “white lotus”) is a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer, who formerly fought out of Por. Pramuk Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. He used the ring name Buakaw Por. He is the former two-time Omnoi Stadium champion, Lumpini Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, Thailand Featherweight champion and two time K-1 World MAX champion. As of 1 August 2017, he is ranked the #5 lightweight in the world by CombatPress.com.
Born as Sombat Banchamek (Thai: สมบัติ บัญชาเมฆ) in Surin, Thailand, Buakaw started his Muay Thai 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 Muay Thai 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.
Buakaw Banchamek is a savage, plain and simple.
Fights fans love the Muay Thai legend for a variety of reasons. First of all, he is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time; his accomplishments in the ring speak for themselves. Moreover, his fights are entertaining and never fail to leave fight fans all around the world on the edge of their seats. But there is another thing that people absolutely love about Buakaw, it is that he is a total beast.
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