Buakaw is often criticized for not taking fights against the best in the world anymore.
To be fair, he does fight top talent he just doesn’t fight Thai’s anymore. One of the issues for guys like Buakaw, Saenchai, and Yodsanklai is that when people fight them they are often in awe. A lot of guys take fights against them not looking to win a fight, but they simply want to say they fought them.
You have to assume that they have become accustomed to this. I have even seen good fighters freeze up and under perform against legends like these. They show them too much respect in the ring and end up looking like amateurs.
Back in 2015 Buakaw was in the Top King World Series tournament and in the semi-finals he was matched up with little known Russian fighter Khayal Dzhaniev. To many it was expected to be another easy win for Buakaw, but Khayal had different plans.
If anyone one ever wants to know how you fight a legend such as Buakaw, they need to watch this fight. There was no fear from Khayal. He didn’t respect Buakaw during the fight, by this I mean he fought him like he would anyone else. This lead to one amazing fight.
(Click next to watch the amazing fight that is Buakaw vs. Khayal Dzhaniev)