Fighting for KO
These days the crossovers in combat sports emerge as often as in the popular TV shows such as Arrowverse on The CW or One Chicago on NBC. We’ve all seen a blockbuster featuring boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. facing off UFC super star Conor McGregor in August 2017.
Now the time seems to pit Muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek and Burmese bareknuckle boxer Dave Leduc of Canada. The potential matchup appeared in social media when World Lethwei Championship made a post on Facebook, following a recent signing of “The Nomad”, while “The White Lotus” was announced to face Chinese Yi Long in the nine-minute knockout decider this October in Hong Kong.
“Since (Buakaw Banchamek, is fighting KO to win rules in China this year, fans around the world are wondering how he would do against the Myanmar Lethwei Champion Dave ‘The Nomad’ Leduc in real striking: headbutts allowed & bareknuckle.
Myanmar Champion Vs Thailand Champion
Who would win? [sic]”
In his previous outing early March in Bangkok Buakaw Banchamek defeated Artem Pashporin by a unanimous decision. The two-time K-1 World Max Champion is currently riding the six-fight win streak.
Prior transitioning to bareknuckle fighting in 2016, Leduc competed in Muay Thai scoring 14 wins out of 15 bouts in total. Moreover, 12 of his opponents he stopped prior the final bell. His professional Lewthwei record states 4-0-6, 4 KOs.
Although the resume of Buakaw is much more extensive (including a recently placed statue in his honor), Leduc’s tale of the tape is indeed impressive. Would the world of combat sports be really interested in the proposed battle? You can comment below.