Buakaw to leave K-1 Max?
By Fatso King
Hi everyone found this interesting bit about Buakaw from the excellent Muaymag.
Muaythai superstar Buakaw Por Pramuk has gone far beyond any other Thai fighter. At the moment, he can demand a pay of 1.3 million Baht for a fight, which is undeniably the highest ever in Thailand.
In the recent K-1 World Max 2009 round of eight, Buakaw was able to beat Nieky “The Natural” Holtzken quite decisively to earn a spot on the final K-1 bouts on October 26, when he will fight old rival Andy Souwer.
Should he defeat the Dutch, Buakaw will pass to the final and fight either Italy’s Giorgio Petrosyan or Japan’s Yuya Yamamota on the same day. The winner of the bout will become the 2009 K-1 champion and claim the prize money of about seven million Baht.
His manager Pramuk Rojjanatan said the other finalist is likely Petrosyan.
“Buakaw has already fought Souwer twice. If he could beat him to pass to the final, I think he wil meet Petrosyan rather than the Japanese. Buakaw had a draw with him two years ago in Sweden,” said the manager about the October 26 event.
Meanwhile, Pramuk said Buakaw will fight prepare for a fight on August 15 at the “It’s Showtime” event in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be pitted against home town boy Murad Direcki.
Buakaw himself is not much worried with his future fights.
“The bout with Andy [Souwer]? I think I am not worried about that as we already know each other style well. If I had a good preparation, I am confident I can fight him and face Petrosyan in the final. I am confident I could win K-1 for the third time,” said the Thai legend.
Asked about his future plan, Buakaw said he wanted to quit fighting in K-1 if he becomes the champion again this time. He is also dreaming of traveling around the world and propagating muaythai.
“So that other Thai fighters will be given the opportunities to fight there. I have always fought in K-1 and was at disadvantage to my opponents. The weight limit was 70 kilograms, so all the westerners who were heavier than that would lose weight, while I was usually at 68-69 kilo.”
“My dream is to travel around the world, and I could fight in muaythai bouts anywhere that wants me. I believe muaythai is the greatest and best martial art in the world, so I want to make it known to the people so that they can see with their own eyes.”
“If all the weapons, including punches, knees, kicks, and elbows, are allowed, no other martial arts can match muaythai,” said Buakaw.
Written by Sroi Mungmee
Source: Khao Sod
What are your thoughts? Personally, I would prefer to watch Buakaw fight Muay Thai internationally too. It seems to me K-1 has limited interest in bringing Thai talent over to K-1 as well. I am speculating Buakaw wants another championship with K-1, a big pay day and then part ways. Some interesting comments too about the weight.
How do you all feel about this?