Muay Thai stars Buakaw Banchamek and Andrei Kulebin are fighting each other on Saturday, 10th December 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon.
None of these men needs introduction. Both are the Kings of Muay Thai for over a decade. Buakaw is an authentic representative of the Art of Eight Limbs. Kulebin is an eminent farang warrior. Both compete literally across the Planet.
Multiple times Buakaw and Kulebin fought on the same cards. The Champions of Champions in Jamaica saw Thai star defeating John Wayne Parr. Meanwhile Belarusian stopped Mosab Amrani. They also featured the final of Thai Fight in 2012. Buakaw battled Gurkov and Kulebin faced Singmanee. This is just to name a couple.
They fought in different weight classes with three kilograms in between. In 2014 the scales finally indicated the same number. The Topking event in Belarus kicked off the series of 70 kg tournaments. Thai legend took a decision over Chinese Zhang Chunyu. Local favorite earned an identical victory over Seyedisa Alamdarnezam from Iran.
The next saw Buakaw fighting Enriko Kehl and forfeiting K-1 title in Pattaya. It featuring the Round 3 stoppage of Steve Moxon in Paris. He then had nine bouts in China. There he collected eight wins and one loss. The defeat was a bloodbath challenge against Khayal Dzhaniev.
Meantime Kulebin, in addition to a fight in Pattaya and Italian Verona, also mostly contested in China. All up he scored eight wins out of 12 fights. The WLF events saw him quite limited due to prohibited use of clinch and elbows. In July he won Kunlun tournament by the judges decision. He defeated Victor Nagbe and Diogo Neves.
It finally happens that Buakaw and Kulebin fight one another. The 70 kg Muay Thai match headlines Phoenix event this December in Beirut.
Promotion has not yet officially released the date of the event. However our source in Belarus indicates the 10th of December.
Ahead of the clash with Buakaw, on September 17th Kulebin is fighting French star Fabio Pinca in Paris.