Buakaw Banchamek was back in the ring last night (October 27) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Making his debut in the country, the famed Muay Thai fighter faced Congolese-Dutch competitor Chris Ngimbi. The latter took the fight on a week notice, replacing Chinese kickboxer Yuan Bin, who himself was a replacement for Kung Fu practitioner Yi Long.
The Buakaw vs. Ngimbi encounter was set for one by nine-minute round under “Mas Fight” rules. To earn the victory the competitor had to score a knockout. The allowed striking techniques were equivalent to Muay Thai and Kun Khmer (Cambodian Martial Art), including punches, kicks, elbows and knees, as well as trips, sweeps, takedowns and throws. Yet, the battle went ahead in big gloves, other than 5 oz, which was initially announced for the Buakaw vs. Yi Long trilogy.
It was an easy work for the Thai fighter, who first scored a knockdown with right head kick, following the body shot. To finalize the task, he executed a fury of strikes, dropping Ngimbi to the canvas, which resulted in referee waving the fight off.
#Buakaw stops Chris Ngimbi last night in Cambodia.
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— Parviz Iskenderov (@parviziskender) October 28, 2019
Over the course of his career Buakaw Banchamek twice won K-1 World MAX Grand Prix, and numerous world titles. His resume includes the victories against K-1 kickboxing legend Andy Souwer, Dzhabar Askerov, Andrei Kulebin, John Wayne Parr, among others.
In addition, Buakaw was recently invited to join ONE Championship and square off against Italian star Giorgio Petrosyan, and perhaps his Thai-fellow Yodsanklai Fairtex. He is riding the seven-fight win streak.