Great video of Buakaw training and a reminder of just how vicious he can be.
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It’s Showtime has announced the 3rd fight for their big 2010 Amsterdam Arena show: Buakaw Por. Pramuk v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj.
With still months to go before the fight, and both men in very high profile fights in the meantime (Buakaw in the MAX Finals, Chahid fighting Murat Direkci for the It’s Showtime 70 kg title), it’s too early to know exactly where each man will stand when this fight happens. But regardless of their rankings, this is an exciting fight, with two excellent, top 20 70 kg fighters squaring off. For Chahid it’s a tough fight as Buakaw is beatable, but Chahid may not be the kind of quick-starting, round 1 KO kind of fighter that has the best shot against him.
The current line-up:
May 29, 2010
Tyrone Spong v. Melvin Manhoef
Artur Kyshenko v. Murat Direkci
Buakaw Por. Pramuk v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj
Not bad for a show over 6 months away!
Earlier this year, a rumor surfaced that two time K-1 MAX champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk was potentially leaving K-1 MAX at the end of this year. Now, that rumor has popped up again based on a quote from Buakaw’s trainer Banluesak Cheanyim: “Buakaw’s contract will end after this tournament and he’ll probably fight in Europe afterwards.” Buakaw also visited China recently for the opening of a new Por. Pramuk gym where he indicated that he might be fighting more in China in the near future, leading some to speculate that his K-1 obligations were coming to an end. Buakaw addressed this rumor earlier this year and denied it, but as it persists, it it worth addressing.
A large factor in this discussion is the K-1 idea that you can only have one Thai fighter in the organization at a time. The fact that Thailand, home to many of the best stand-up fighters in the world, is subject to this ridiculous quota, while no other nation is treated the same way is unfortunate, but is, sadly, a long held belief in K-1. The idea is that if Buakaw is to leave, that will free things up for a new, fresh Thai star to take his place – likely the top 10 ranked Yodsaenklai Fairtex.
While Yodsaenklai would be a great addition to K-1 MAX, the departure of Buakaw would be unfortunate. It’s still far too vague to know the truth, but it will certainly add some extra intrigue to Buakaw’s run at becoming the first ever three time MAX champion on October 26.
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.