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Buakaw Banchamek Cleared to Fight on April 17th


The artist formerly known as Buakaw Por Pramuk, now known as Buakaw Banchamek but is really Sombat Banchamek has been cleared for his upcoming fight on April 17th at Thai Fight in Pattaya, Thailand. At a press conference yesterday in Thailand confirmed that he would indeed participate in Thai Fight in Pattaya, that he would be doing so as Buakaw Banchamek. There was also talk of him possibly fighting under his real name of Sombat Banchamek in the future, but for now he will keep the name "Buakaw" to help promote his upcoming fight.

Buakaw confirmed that he will be staying in Surin, Thailand with his family and that he is content for the time being. For a fighter of his international profile and talent, this is important and one of the best case scenario endings for this whole ordeal. [source]


Buakaw To File Grievance with Por Pramuk, Possibly Off Thai Fight Card


The artist formerly known as Buakaw Por. Pramuk has had a tough time of late, finding himself finally unable to cope with the purported abuse he was facing from his management and training team, he took off. There was speculation as to what had happened to him, if he was in danger or if he was ducking an upcoming fight. He finally broke his silence, detailing the abuses that he faced at his gym, how little he was paid or appreciated and the world saw one of Thailand's national heroes in a new light. With the help of his sponsor, Yokkao, a new gym was being built for him to train at, at least temporarily, and he had his first fight booked under his new name for April 17th in Thai Fight.

Sadly for Buakaw Banchamek, he has some legal hurdles to jump over before he can go ahead with that fight.

The Sports Authority of Thailand has gone on record with the Bangkok Post that Buakaw will need to register his new camp with the SAT before he can fight under the banner. He will also need to file a complaint against Por Pramuk, which will then be investigated by the SAT. [source]


SLAMM VII Adds "Best of Holland" Matches To May 27 Card

SLAMM VII had already announced their "Holland vs. Thailand" matches a while ago and now they've added some "Best of Holland" match-ups to the card. It's SLAMM's return to the "Holland vs. Thailand" series of Muay Thai events in the Netherlands. This one will be in Almere on May 27.

Most notably, Ismael Londt will be featured. He doesn't have an opponent yet but it will be Londt's second fight of 2012. He was scheduled to fight Dzevad Poturak on March 10, but the fight was cancelled.

Errol Koning will rematch Omar Amrani at -80kg. They fought at the Tatneft Cup in January and Koning was the winner after Amrani broke his nose. Two fighters who have fought for It's Showtime before, Giga Chikadze and Willian Diender will fight at 70kg. Up and comer Miles Simson takes on Matthias Ibssa at -75kg.

As previously announced, the "Holland vs. Thailand match-ups feature Mohamed Khamal vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang, Ilias El Hajoui vs. Pornsaneh Sitmonchai, Faldir Chahbari vs. Bovy Sor Udomson and Nieky Holzken vs. Nonsai. Full fight card:

Holland vs. Thailand (5x3):

61kg: Ilias El Hajoui vs. Pornsaneh Sitmonchai

70kg: Mohamed Khamal vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang

70kg: Faldir Chahbari vs. Bovy Sor Udomson

72.5kg: Nieky Holzken vs. Nonsai

Best of Holland (3x3):

57kg: Denise Kielholtz vs. Katerina Svobodova

70kg: Robbie Hageman vs. Ajay Balgobind

70kg: William Diender vs. Giga Chikadze

75kg: Miles Simson vs. Matthias Ibssa

80kg: Errol Koning vs. Omar Amrani

100+kg: Ismael Londt vs. TBA


John Wayne Parr returns June 23, in a cage with 4oz gloves

John Wayne Parr has had trouble with a hand injury lately that forced him out of his fight with Ky Hollenbeck in February but now he's got a fight scheduled, and it's not what you'd expect.

He'll be fighting K-1 veteran Jordan Tai. The fight will be under full Muay Thai rules, but here's the catch: It'll be in a cage with MMA gloves. It's a bit different than we're used to seeing, although there have been some kickboxing and Muay Thai fights held in a cage before. 

John Wayne Parr is behind the event, called the Boonchu Cup Caged Muay Thai series. Parr is the main event and it looks like some of his Boonchu Gym stablemates will also be on the card, as Flip Street is on the poster to the right of JWP.

Not everyone will be a fan of this, but it's good to see John Wayne Parr fighting again. He had said he was going to retire after 2011 but that isn't the case and it seems he'll keep going until he feels like retiring. He's also a bit of a promoter so you can also look forward to him putting on events in the future.


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