The identity of Buakaw Banchamek’s next opponent has been revealed. He will be facing Nayanesh Ayman in a kickboxing bout at Rajadamnern Stadium on December 2nd.

The two men first faced each other in a kickboxing match at Kunlun Fight 69 in 2018. Buakaw won with a first round knockout and it was a left hook which did the damage:

Internal solution

Ayman is coming off a decision win over Petchmai Siadammooplara on a RWS card. Prior to that he beat Wanchalerm PakyokPK and it seems the matchmakers have decided to find an opponent for Buakaw from with their own ranks.

Buakaw’s previous fights on these events have primarily been against Japanese opponents. He has faced Yoshihiro Sato and Kota Miura in exhibition matches and Yasuhiro Kido in a sanctioned bout.

Buakaw’s other fight at Rajadamnern was with Oleksandr Yefimenko. While he knocked out all the Japanese opponents apart from Kido, who couldn’t continue after a clash of heads, the Ukrainian caused Buakaw some problems as they went the distance.

High side

Ayman normally competes at 160lbs which is slightly on the high side for Buakaw. In his most recent kickboxing bout the Spaniard faced Detrit Sathian Muay Thai at Rajadamnern with the Thai veteran beating him by decision.

Ayman turned 35 last month and is a few years younger than Buakaw. He might not be quite as experienced as the two time K-1 Max winner but the Spaniard has been living and fighting in Thailand for years.

Ayman has been in with the likes of Superbon Banchamek, Petchtanong Petchfergus and Jimmy Vienot. He is 9cms taller than Buakaw who won’t enjoy the same sort of reach advantage he did in his bare knuckle Muay Thai bout with Saenchai PKSaenchaigym.

It is a measure of just how comfortable Buakaw found that fight that he is able to compete again a month later. Saenchai clearly didn’t succeed in doing any damage to the 41 year old.

Ayman is much younger and taller than Saenchai. They will be wearing boxing gloves and competing under kickboxing rules but the Spaniard will still be hoping to pull off what would be a major upset.