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Boxer Buakaw goes missing

Buakaw Por Pramuk, the renowned K-1 boxing champ, has been missing from his home and training camp in Chaocheongsao province since early this month, forcing his manager to cancel his exhibition fights in France and United Kingdom.

Manager Theerapat Rojanantan said Buakaw, whose real name is Sombat Banchamek, 30, left his house on March 1. He took some clothes and was driving his brand-new BMW. His friends and his training camp have not heard from him since.

Theerapat claimed he had no idea why the boxer had disappeared, saying he had already contacted Buakaw's father in Surin province but to no avail.

He asked Buakaw to contact him as soon as possible to solve any problem the boxer may be facing.

"I am ready to talk and solve the problem. Buakaw has been with the camp since he was seven years old. We are like brothers," he said.

The manager did not think that his disappearance was related to money.

He said Buakaw is scheduled to travel to Europe for exhibition fights in France on March 17 and in the United Kingdom on March 25. However, he decided to cancel both because Buakaw is missing.

Buakaw won his first K-1 MAX World champion in 2004 and K-1 MAX Grand Prix title in 2006, becoming the first man to win that title twice.


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