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Don't Expect Buakaw To Fight Somrak Khamsing Or Manny Pacquiao

There's been a lot of weird rumors going on lately about Buakaw fighting Manny Pacquiao and also with Somrak Khamsing calling Buakaw out, speculation of a fight between them was ignited. Obviously, they seemed unlikely to happen in the first place, but now there's really some official confirmation regarding this.

Sport Art Co. Ltd., who also happen to be the organizers of Thai Fight, have all rights regarding the matchmaking of Buakaw until December 31 of this year. Anyone that wants to set up a fight outside of Thai Fight with Buakaw still has to go through Sport Art Co. Ltd. Here's an excerpt explaining the matter:

"In addition, Sport Art Co.'s key policy is for Buakaw to act as an ambassador for muay thai to popularise the sport around the world, as he is well-known internationally. Therefore, Buakaw will fight only against foreign opponents & not Thai opponents. As such, a fight with Somrak Kamsing, the 39-year-old former Olympic gold medalist who recently issued Buakaw a challenge in the news, is impossible. Thai Fight also thinks that it is improper for them to fight, as regardless of whether Buakaw wins or loses, it will be not be good for his image.

As for news reports claiming that Buakaw will fight Manny Pacquiao in a Western-style boxing match on 21 December 2012 in Thailand, Sport Art Co., which has the full power to decide who Buakaw fights until the end of 2012, had never known about this proposed fight before. In any case, Sport Art Co. thinks that the chances of it happening are close to nil. This is because Manny is scheduled to fight with Marquez on 8 December 2012, & Buakaw is required to fight in the final round of Thai Fight 2012 on 16 December 2012. Buakaw will violate the Boxing Act if he takes part in a fight less than 15 days after his previous one." [source]

 

 

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Buakaw Back At Thai Fight On October 23

We're getting pretty accustomed to seeing Buakaw at Thai Fight these days. He won Thai Fight's 70kg tournament last year and has two wins in the promotion this year. 

Buakaw will be entering this year's Thai Fight 70kg tournament, and it starts on October 23 in Bangkok, Thailand. Once again, he's fighting an opponent that really is nowhere near his caliber in Mauro Serra of Italy. As per usual with Thai Fight, they're a bit of a joke when it comes to pretty basic stuff like letting people know what the fight card is so this fight is obviously subject to change.

What we do know for sure about the card is that it will be the beginning of the Thai Fight 70kg and 67kg tournaments. Singmanee Kaewsamrit will be featuredas the Thai in the 67kg tournament.

Here's a tentative lineup for the 67kg and 70kg tournaments, although when Thai Fight comes around, don't be surprised if there are a lot of changes.

67kg:

Singmanee Kaewsamrit

Adaylton Pareira de Freitas

Andrei Kulebin

Crice Boussoukou

Mehdi Zatout

Shan Cangelosi

Rachid Boumalek

Houcine Bennoui

70kg:

Buakaw Por. Pramuk

Mauro Serra

Shannon King

Antero Hynynen

Woo Yong Choi

Tomoyuki Nishikawa

Warren Stevelmans

Fares Bechar

 

 

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Lion Fight 7: Tiffany Van Soest Ready for Action

Lion Fight 7 is coming up this weekend, headlined by Joe Schilling squaring off against Eddie Walker, but on the undercard there is a whole hell of a lot going on as well. One of the bigger fights on the undercard is Jeri Sitzes vs. Tiffany Van Soest for the WBC 122lbs International Championship. Jeff Dojillo of Can't Stop Crazy caught up with Tiffany to get her thoughts on the upcoming fight and she talks about sacrificing her professional career to chase her dream.

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October's Fight Of The Month: Damien Alamos vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang II, Oct. 12

Although there's a ton of action going on this month with marquee match-ups all over the place and every week, the fight I'm most excited for probably is a bit under the radar for the casual kickfighting fan or for someone who doesn't follow Muay Thai. It takes place this Friday, October 12 at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand as Damien Alamos and Diesellek Aoodonmuang rematch from the fight they had last year.

September 23, 2011 was the day when Damien Alamos and Diesellek Aoodonmuang had their first fight. At the time Alamos was still working his way up on the scene in Thailand, although Diesellek wasn't as highly ranked or in the same position that he is today also. Although no video exists of the fight, by all accounts it was a war. Here's an account from ringside, by Rob Cox:

"Damien from France defended his W.P.M.F World title in this fight, which also had a 400,000 baht side bet riding on it. Diesellek matched Damien shot for shot in the first 3 rounds, landing with sharp kicks and some solid punches. Damien was just a little bit too strong and tall though and pulled ahead in the 4th with some huge barrages of knees and solid kicks that saw him successfully defend his title."

Fast forward to the present and things have changed significantly for each fighter, for the better. Damien's now the Lumpinee champion at 140lbs, recently becoming the first non-Thai to ever defend a Lumpinee title and Diesellek has been on fire lately, stopping F16 Rajanont twice in a row, as well as defeating Noppakrit Kor Kampanart in May. Diesellek is currently ranked #2 at 135lbs at Lumpinee.

The primary reason why I like this fight so much is because it has potential fight of the year written all over it both in terms of action and significance/storyline. Damien and Diesellek are never in boring fights. Both have power, Diesellek in his kicks and Damien in his left hand. Although the Lumpinee title isn't on the line this time, Diesellek is going to try and salvage his loss to Damien by all means, with his trainer saying he'd win by stoppage. Diesellek pursues the finish every time and Damien can change a fight in an instant with his counter left hook.

Whether the fight is fought from range or in the clinch, it should be fireworks wherever it goes. Both Damien and Diesellek have been in top form lately and with the way their styles match up, I can't see this being anything else other than a great fight.

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