Buakaw Banchamek shares muay thai secrets with Vitaly Gurkov
Muay Thai fighters Buakaw Banchamek of Thailand (l) and Vitaly Gurkov of Belarus (r) after training at Banchamek Gym in Bangkok on March 22, 2017 / Pic: FIGHTMAG

Vitaly Gurkov visits Banchamek Gym in Bangkok where he trains shoulder to shoulder with muay thai star Buakaw.

The 31-year-old Belarusian Vitaly Gurkov (92-13) is a well-known name in muay thai circuits. He is the 11-time world champion. This includes ten medals at IFMA events with last year’s final against Ekkaphan-Somboonsab, as well as the WBC super welterweight title win against Kem Sitsongpeenong in 2014.

Earlier in his career the prominent fighter out of Belarus has also won the Oceania tournament in Australia as well as became the finalist of Thai Fight. In addition, Vitaly Gurkov is a singer at the rock band “Brutto”, that he has recently traveled the World with.

Despite the busy concert-schedule, muaythai fighter who turned musician is back to origins.

From March he is in Thailand. Gurkov is undergoing the training camp at the Banchamek Gym in Bangkok.

“I am here [in Banchamek Gym] for three weeks,” Gurkov told fightmag.com.au on Thursday. “Mr Teerawat Yioyim personally invited me to train with Buakaw and the rest of the team.”

The athletes are familiar with each other. That was Gurkov who went up against “The King of Muay Thai” Buakaw in the championship round of the 2012 Thai Fight 70 kg tournament.

“After [IFMA world championships in] Sweden I was on the stage with Brutto. Seven cities in the US and two in Canada followed our tour throughout Europe, which we have finalized in our hometown. We have performed at Minsk Arena in front of over 12-thousand people”.

Gurkov says he strives to be in a good shape at all times. “We all do sport [in Brutto]. And as a fighter, you never know when a good [fight] proposal can come up.” In the most recent bout he made a victorious debut in China last December.

Meanwhile in Banchamek Gym

“With this opportunity at the famed Banchamek [gym] I can learn and achieve more in sport. I am grateful for the invitation of Mr Teerawat and am honored to be among the top muaythai fighters such as Buakaw, Superbon and Petchmonkong.”

Gurkov also says he appreciates the “Top Tour” for its help. He reveals that the Belarusian company has sponsored his flights.

“I am here thanks to Ivan Chura. He is the honorable council of the Kingdom [of Thailand] in Belarus. He aspires to evolve the international sporting relations between our countries. We [Belarus] also host the [IFMA] world muaythai championships this year.”

Although no fights have been booked as yet, Gurkov is looking forward to step inside the boxing ring again. He says he has received a warm welcome and the upcoming bouts are being discussed.

“We live, eat and train all together. The fights are being planned for the nearest future”.

In addition, Superbon Banchamek posted a photo on his page on Facebook. It shows him shoulder to shoulder with Gurkov and one of the instructors at the gym. “New sparring partner,” he captioned.

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