Muay Thai legend, Buakaw – the taxi driver?
Buakaw Banchamek is a Muay Thai legend who is among the greatest Thai fighters ever and has won numerous stadium championships in his home country of Thailand.
He is perhaps the most well-known Muay Thai fighter thanks to his time competing in K-1 kickboxing where he is the two-time K-1 World Max Champion. Now, K-1 rules differ quite a bit from Muay Thai as there are no elbows as well as limited clinching. As we all know, the clinch game is a huge part of Muay Thai so to take that away is a big deal.
Nevertheless, despite the limitations of his style, Buakaw was still able to dominate the K-1 scene where he got a ton of exposure for himself as well as Muay Thai.
In this video brought to you by Thanachart Bank, we see something a little different from the Muay Thai legend as he drives a taxi around in his home country to ask about the dreams of his passengers and what they are doing to accomplish them.
What’s also interesting about this video is the reaction the passengers have to Buakaw being their cab driver. He’s a big deal in Thailand so it would be quite a shock to get in a cab and have him be your driver.
Check out the video below to see their priceless reactions as well as a softer side of the Muay Thai legend.
Sombat Banchamek (Thai: สมบัติ บัญชาเมฆ, born May 8, 1982) AKA Buakaw Banchamek (Thai: บัวขาว บัญชาเมฆ, Buakaw meaning “white lotus”) is a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer, who formerly fought out of Por. Pramuk Gym, in Bangkok, Thailand, under the ring name Buakaw Por. Pramuk (Thai: บัวขาว ป.ประมุข). He is the former two-time Omnoi Stadium champion, Lumpini Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, Thailand Featherweight champion and two-time K-1 World MAX champion. As of 1 August 2017, he is ranked the #5 lightweight in the world by CombatPress.com.
In addition, Buakaw also played professional football as a forward in Regional League Division 2 for RBAC F.C. [Source: Wiki]