Buakaw Banchamek is set to take on Kota Miura in an exhibition kickboxing match.
Former two-time K-1 World MAX champion Buakaw is widely regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters ever. Having remained out of competition for nearly three years, Buakaw returned last month in a bout against Dmitry Varats at World Fight Tournament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He came out on top of the contest by unanimous decision.
Buakaw Banchamek is set to return against the son of iconic Japanese star Kazuyoshi Miura
The outing would be more meaningful for the 40-year-old Surin native as he will once again take to the ring at Rajadamnern Stadium after nearly two decades on Aug. 19. He last fought in the venue in 2004. At the time, he enjoyed success in Muay Thai but was still an up-and-coming kickboxer.
Rajadamnern World Series took to Instagram to share the update.
“We are proud to announce that Buakaw Banchamek, a living legend of Muay Thai, will make his return to Rajadamnern Stadium for the first time in 18 years. For his return fight in an exhibition format, he will face Kota Miura, one of the hottest MMA prospects in the world from Japan.
“Be there to witness this fight and the other nine fights on this card as part of KAT Presents Legend of Rajadamnern.
“The event will also be capped off by Thailand’s godfather of hip-hop “Joey Boy” and “Gancore Club.” KAT Presents Legend of Rajadamnern goes down on 19 August starting at 8PM onwards at Rajadamnern Stadium.”
Banchamek joined Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship
Buakaw’s return to combat sports does not appear to be a one-off thing. The Muay Thai sensation recently made headlines when he signed with Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship. His switch over to bare-knuckle boxing was quickly followed by the addition of fellow legend Saenchai to BKFC.
Having competed in over 276 bouts, Buakaw has experience fighting as a featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight. It remains to be seen who his opponent will be for his debut in the new sport. Meanwhile, his opponent Miura made waves after announcing his decision to be an MMA fighter. The son of Kazuyoshi Miura, an iconic Japanese football star, is coming off a successful pro debut at RIZIN 33.
While the event is being promoted as ‘exhibition kickboxing,’ it is not yet clear if it will be competitive or more of a sparring session.