Blog: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex
The Kings of Muay Thai Buakaw Banchamek and Yodsanklai Fairtex are expected to meet inside the square circle this year. The announcement has initially broke the news last April at the Martialism Square (MAS) event held in Chinese city Guangzhou, where Yodsanklai KO’d Iranian Masoud Menai, and Buakaw made guest appearance.
In June last year Yodsanklai announced his retirement from fighting due to injuries. Earlier this month his return to action has been announced at the upcoming Kunlun Fight 69 held on February 4 in Guiyang, where he faces German Enriko Kehl. Buakaw also battles out on the night facing off Chinese Hu Yafei.
The news of Yodsanklai’s comeback raised new talks whether he will indeed square off against his Thai-Fellow Buakaw this year. Both athletes are arguably the most renowned fighters from Thailand, alongside Muay Thai legend Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym.
Yodsanklai Fairtex gained his fame when he became “The Contender Asia” champion in 2008. Buakaw Banchamek is a two-time K-1 World MAX Champion champion in 2004 and 2006.
According to what we can understand so far, if it happens in China, the bout between Buakaw and Yodsanklai will likely go ahead under kickboxing (K-1) rules other than Muay Thai, which includes the clinch and the elbow-strikes. However, Yodsanklai’s bout against Menaei at the first edition of MAS was scheduled for one round with the duration of nine minutes, while the fighters battled out in the gloves equivalent to MMA.
The match up of such caliber should also be equivalent to a World Title bout. Therefore, five rounds of action is something we would like to see.
The winner of Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex bout is definitely a tricky question. As for a knockout, Buakaw was dropped once only in 2008, when he was defeated by Yoshihiro Sato in Tokyo. Yodsanklai was last KO’d in 2004 when he faced his country-man Sakadpetch Ingram at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. I do believe the bout will go the distance.
As for the result, something tells me it will likely be proclaimed as a unanimous draw. You though never know when it comes to fighting sports.
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