With the K-1 MAX show the next K-1 show on the horizon on Oct. 26 from Yoyogi Stadium 2nd in Japan, it is time to look forward to the fighters that over the past few years helped pick up the slack for K-1 when its heavyweight division was, well, not exactly the hottest ticket on the market. It is impossible to discuss K-1 MAX (70kg and under) without discussing the No. 4 fighter, Buakaw Por.Pramuk.
Buakaw began his career in Muay Thai at age 15 and has been competing since that ripe young age. He first came into the public view breaking into K-1’s MAX division, winning his first K-1 tournament, which was the fourth MAX tournament. Buakaw went on to win a tough decision over K-1’s golden boy Masato.
This cemented his status as an elite level kickboxer for the weight class. The next year he made the finals, suffering a tough, 2nd. extension round loss to Andy Souwer, only to come back in 2006 and gain vengeance for the loss. It was another tough fight, but Buakaw’s style was too much and he was able to knock Souwer out.
The next two years were not as good for Buakaw, whose muay thai clinch had strict restrictions set upon it after his win over K-1 Japanese favorite Masato. It was all, of course, in the interest of fairness, right? Buakaw enters the finals this year with yet another meeting with Souwer scheduled. We expect nothing less than fireworks.