Leaving Por. Pramuk and Retirement and Coming Back
Since March 1, 2012, he was missing away from his training camp. On March 12, he appeared on a Thai TV talk show and apologized to the fans. He stated that he has had chronic problems in Por. Pramuk Gym since 2009 and felt that he was insulted by the behavior of the key figure there, that was why he disappeared. He had been scheduled to visit Japan with the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for an exhibition match but it was canceled with another fight. As a result of the contemplation, he decided to part ways with the gym. He said "I can stand tough training, but not poor treatment. It is about mind, not the body,".
On March 17, 2012, Buakaw's sponsor Yokkao Boxing announced on Twitter that he would return to training. At this time they are referring to him as Buakaw Banchamek. He had resumed training at a the "newly-built" Banchamek gym (named after him), as of March 22, 2012. He is scheduled to fight Mickael Cornubet at ThaiFight on April 17, 2012.
As of March 30, 2012 he was prevented from fighting at Thai Fight in April 2012, until he files a complaint with Sports Authority of Thailand, and later is proven right about his claims of being "unfairly treated" by Por. Pramuk. On April 4 he said that his fight name for the fight later that month, would be "Buakaw", and that he "may not use the name of the boxing camp Por. Pramuk".
His first fight after leaving Por Pramuk Gym was a success. He knocked out Rustem Zaripov at 2:45 of the 2nd round with very accurate punches. As of May 31, 2012 Buakaw told the press that he wanted to end the dispute between him and Por Pramuk Gym; therefore he decided to retire. Buakaw has been seen in jiujitsu, judo and wrestling classes, showing signs of a possible MMA career. This would allow Buakaw to fight without breaching his contract with the Por Pramuk boxing camp. Returning to the ring, on August, 17 2012 Buakaw defeated Abdoul Toure by way of TKO in Round 2.
He then defeated Tomoyuki Nishikawa by unanimous decision in the tournament semi-finals in Nakhon Ratchasima on November 25, 2012.
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