Buakaw Por. Pramuk retires from kickboxing
|Written by IK on 15 August 2012|
Kickboxing and Muay Thai legend Buakaw Por. Pramuk has officially announced his retirement.
The two-time K-1 MAX champion has been dealing with an increasingly ugly legal situation lately. Earlier this year, he split from his long time team at Por Pramuk gym amid allegations of the gym forcing Buakaw into fights he did not want and taking the majority of his earnings over the years.
Since that split, Buakaw has been training interdependently and fought once under the name Buakaw Banchamek, but has also been dealing with legal action from his former camp. Now, with the two sides unable to come to terms, Buakaw has decided to retire.
One of the best K-1 fighters of all time, Buakaw had a decorated Muay Thai career before coming to K-1 in 2004. He won the K-1 MAX Grand Prix in his first year fighting for the organisation, and then claimed a second GP crown in 2006. In the eight years since his K-1 debut, Buakaw has only lost six fights, and ends his career on a 16 fight win streak.
Rumblings have been heard that he is now training out of Hong Kong and as was previously reported, he has begun BJJ training, which looks to lead to an obvious MMA carrer. Which seems reasonable, since he is still only 30.