The new opponent has been announced for the next fight of Buakaw Banchamek. Muay Thai star makes his debut in Cambodia on October 27, where he faces Congolese-Dutch competitor Chris Ngimbi, who took a fight on a week notice. The latter replaces previously announced Chinese kickboxer Yuan Bin, who has recently withdrew.
Initially, Buakaw was expected to face Kung Fu practitioner Yi Long in their third match early October. The Chinese competitor withdrew from the contest mid August, citing injury, and was replaced by Bin.
Chris Ngimbi takes a short notice fight against Buakaw Banchamek.
Oct 27 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) October 20, 2019
Ngimbi was last seen in action in July 2018 when he took a split decision against Armen Petrosyan at ONE Championship “Reign of Kings” in Manila, Philippines. Before that he suffered three defeats by unanimous decision in a row, against Yodsanklai Fairtex, Giorgio Petrosyan and Amansio Paraschiv.
Buakaw Banchamek is riding the six-fight win streak. In his previous bout in March he scored a unanimous decision against Artem Pashporin. Prior to that he TKO’d Niclas Larsen and earned a unanimous decision against Gaetan Dambo.
In addition, the two time K-1 World MAX champion has been recently invited to sign ONE Championship. Buakaw is offered to fight Italian kickboxing star Giorgio Petrosyan and his Thai-fellow Yodsanklai Fairtex.
Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Giorgio Petrosyan is in the making, thanks to @yodchatri
Buakaw Banchamek has been invited to join @ONEChampionship
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) October 16, 2019
Buakaw Banchamek and Chris Ngimbi reportedly square off in Kun Khmer, also known as Pradal serey. It is an unarmed martial art from Cambodia, which can be translated as “Free Fighting”. The techniques are similar to Muay Thai, involving punches, knees, kicks and elbows, as well as clinching.