Anyone who remotely knows anything about Muay Thai knows that Buakaw Banchamek is one bad man. Despite that being no secret someone was actually dumb enough to try and start a street fight with Buakaw.
Back in early September of 2014, Buakaw was training for the TopKing World Series Tournament in Belarus. In order to prepare for the tournament Buakaw shifted his schedule around and would go for runs at two in the morning because of the time difference from Belarus to Thialand. This shift in training is what ended up with a group of guys thinking they should try and pick on the Thai superstar.
His trainer Satien Somkaw got in trouble with police for carrying a concealed firearm without having a permit. His explanation for having the concealed weapon was that because of the shift in training times, Buakaw had been harassed and threatened when going to jog at two in the morning and the gun was for protection.
Apparently these guys would pick on Buakaw as he ran past the construction sites and at times would even ride their motor bikes up the gym and threaten Buakaw. Alcohol was believed to be heavily involved. That is also the only reason these guys acting like this would make any sense whatsoever. No person in their right mind would try and start anything with Buakaw.
Eventually two of the men were found and were brought face to face with Buakaw.
Apparently these guys were only tough guys when they were drinking, because when they were brought face to face with Buakaw they were dead silent.
He would be the last guy I would want pissed off. The two guys happened to be from the Isan region of Thailand like Buakaw. Naturally Buakaw was mad that these guys were trying to start stuff with him when all he was trying to do was prepare for his fight. He gave them a piece of his mind and that was that. It would have been great if they were made to fight a round with Buakaw.
When the men were asked why they decided to try and pick on him, one responded that he was drunk and wanted the challenge. Well lucky for him Buakaw had more common sense than engaging in a street fight with these guys. For two reasons, one he probably would have killed these guys, and two it is never worth risking anything in a street fight because you don’t know what will happen. What if one of these guys was carrying a knife or gun.
Kudos to Buakaw for not getting bated into something that could have been bad for everyone involved.