Buakaw Banchamek vs Andrei Kulebin
Buakaw Banchamek (l) of Thailand and Andrei Kulebin (r) of Belarus on the fight week / Pic: Facebook @BanchamekGym / Instagram @dima_valent

Buakaw Banchamek and Andrei Kulebin are fighting one another this Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon.

While the world of kickboxing is patiently waiting for the clash of the heavyweights Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari this Saturday in Germany, the muaythai lovers certainly anticipate Buakaw Banchamek vs Andrei Kulebin in Beirut. Indeed, both matches are happening on the same day. Both are quite intriguing.

The detailed preview on Rico vs Badr you will find in Don Roid’s release Good Guy vs Bad Guy.

So let’s get down to Buakaw vs Kulebin

Buakaw Banchamek (228-23-12, 68 KOs) is the face of muaythai worldwide. Famed competitor from Surin, Thailand started fighting in 1990. He has prominently competed in three weight classes such as featherweight, lightweight and his current category welterweight. Buakaw fought at the mecca of muaythai Lumpinee Stadium, as well as Omnoi Stadium where he battled out against the national elite. He has also taken part at the numerous promotions such as Thai Fight, Max Muay Thai just to name a couple. During the last fifteen years he has fought practically every notorious farang in the division including Andy Souwer, John Wayne Parr and Jean-Charles Skarbowsky. The biggest impact on Buakaw’s eminence played the K-1. The televised shows presented him to a large audience across the Planet. He is the 2004 and 2006 World MAX champion.

Andrei “The Bullet” Kulebin (65-20-0, 14 KOs) is the German-born king of muaythai from Minsk, Belarus. He started fighting in early 2000’s in the flyweight category. Over the years he evolved into the welterweight. “The Bullet” is a multiple world champion under the amateur rules. He has also earned a number of world titles on the professional ring. The World Kickboxing Network played the main role in the international exposure for Kulebin thanks to its shows live on Eurosport. Among everything he has competed throughout Asia as well as taken I-1 tournaments. In addition he was the finalist of 2012 Thai Fight gala. Kulebin also won the WMC world title at the 2009 Champions of Champions event in Jamaica featuring on the Nathan “Carnage” Corbett vs Tyrone Spong undercard.

The bout can go either way

Both fighters are of the Orthodox stance with a complete arsenal of muaythai fighting. Buakaw is 34 and Kulebin is 32. It is practically impossible to predict the verdict of their encounter. Both have the knockout ability. Although I would say that unless Kulebin puts on a non-stop aggressive performance showcasing an unquestionable dominance Buakaw comfortably claims a unanimous decision.

FIGHTMAG was the first to reveal the date of the match on August 9, 2016.


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