When Buakaw had his fall out from Por. Pramuk in 2013 he was not allowed to fight for a while. To get around this he participated in some exhibition matches.
One of these exhibition matches took place at Max Muay Thai’s first event in 2013. American Malik Watson was the fighter pegged to compete with Buakaw in the exhibition. Apparently, either Buakaw doesn’t know what exhibition means or Watson pissed him off, because the exhibition bout quickly turned into a real fight.
Everything seemed to start off fine as the fighters engaged in some pre-fight showmanship kicking pads and giving the fans in attendance a show. The first round seemed to be going as expected, Watson taunted Buakaw a bit, but everything looked like it was in good fun. Buakaw seemed to be having a good time, but when the second round started it didn’t seem like he was playing anymore.
Buakaw was not playing anymore in the second round.
Watson should have sensed something was wrong as soon as the second round started. He went out touch gloves and Buakaw doesn’t, instead, he punches him in the face. Buakaw then turns up the intensity and it is very clear he is no longer playing.
Watson has no option but to try and fight back, but despite his efforts, Buakaw starts to pour it on. A big right hurts Waston and in a regular fight the referee would have likely stepped in and gave him a count as he was clearly hurt. With this being an exhibition that can’t happen so the fight continues and Buakaw hurts Watson again. This time he backs away to let him recover before he continues his onslaught. A left from Buakaw finally levels Watson and it is over.
Talk about thinking you are going to have someone fun with a legend and instead he ends up knocking you out. I guess to some that might be an even better memory.
It started up with nothing but respect.
It really is difficult to figure out who to blame here. Did Buakaw go too far in the exhibition match? Some might say he did because this wasn’t the only time he has knocked out an opponent in one of these matches. Does this make his a bad sportsman or just really competitive?
As for his opponents, they might go in thinking it is all fun but as soon as it gets serious they need to be ready. As soon as they saw this was no longer fun for Buakaw they should have been ready. Then again was are you going to do when Buakaw is trying to KO you? It’s not like they could just stop the exhibition match. The only option becomes to stand your ground and fight. Unfortunately deciding to do that against Buakaw will probably mean things don’t end well.