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K-1 Fighter Profile: Buakaw Por. Pramuk
Date of birth: May 8, 1982
Place of birth: Surin, Thailand
Fighting out of: Bangkok, Thailand
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 154 lb
Style: Muay Thai
By knockout: 47
Buakaw Por. Pramuk is a professional Welterweight Thaiboxer, a former Super welterweight WMC Muay Thai World champion and two time K-1 MAX World champion.
Born as Sombat Banchamek in Surin, Thailand, Buakaw started his fighting career at the young age of 8 in his home province of Surin in the northeastern Thailand, before moving to Por. Pramuk gym at the age of 15. His first fight name was Damtamin Kiat-anan.
Buakaw has collected several belts to his name since fighting 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 at in lightweight division. In December 2002, Buakaw won the Toyota Marathon 140 lb. tournament at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, beating the highly regarded Kobayashi of Japan in the final.
In July 2004 Buakaw became the K-1 MAX World champion beating John Wayne Parr, Takayuki Kohiruimaki and previous champion Masato in the finals. In 2005 he nearly repeated his run for tournament champion, but lost a the extra round decision to Dutch shoot-boxer, Andy Souwer in the finals. In the 2006 K-1 MAX World Grand Prix, Buakaw again faced Andy Souwer in the finals, but this time defeated Souwer by KO with a flurry of punches, thereby winning his second K-1 World MAX title and becoming the first man to win that title twice.
Buakaw lost to Masato by unanimous decision at the K-1 World MAX 2007 quarterfinals. Despite Buakaw being able to land vicious leg kicks throughout the match, Masato scored a knockdown on the first round and continued to land numerous punch combinations throughout the fight which earned Masato an unanimous decision victory.
2006 K-1 World MAX champion
2006 WMC Middleweight World champion
2005 S-1 Super-Welterweight World champion
2005 K-1 World MAX Finalist
2004 K-1 World MAX champion
2003 KOMA GP Lightweight Champion
2002 Toyota Muay Thai marathon tournament 140 lb. class winner
Lumpinee Stadium Lightweight 2nd place
Omnoi Stadium Lightweight Champion
2001 Muay Thai Authority of Thailand Featherweight Champion
Omnoi Stadium Featherweight Champion
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