It looks like Buakaw has gotten some government backing in his contest with his gym. The Thai government has stepped in to help negotiate the matters. Essentially Buakaw can buy himself out of his contract for 3 million baht, about $100,000. We’ll see how things pan out but things are looking up for our friend from Surin but I predict there will be more white skinned tourists in Isaan soon!
“To All Thai Muay Thai fans,
From the conflict between Buakaw, the champion of Thai Fight 2011, and his previous camp, Por Pramuk, and Thai Sport Authority. I, Mr. Intarat Yodbangtoey, had received the order from General Jongsak Panishakul, the Secretary of Priminister of Thai Government to help solve the issue between Buakaw and everyone involved. Buakaw is a boxer who represents Thailand as on…e of the best muay thai boxers. He is also a cultural symbol for our country as well. With many experienced years in Muay Thai which he showed to the world by obtaining a two time K-1 champion in Thai Fight in 2011. I would like to step in and conceal the problem in a fair manner to everyone involved.
I spoke to Buakaw personally, and the correct information that I received is that Buakaw had been treated unfairly in way of pay-cuts and an unfair contract that was not clearly explained.
With proof in the form of documents, I , in the name of The office of National Identity, assign this project with the lead, and ordered from Big General Yoodthasak Sasriprapa, believes that Por Pramuk camp, Thai Fight event personals and Thai Sport Authority all represent Thai culture and need to discuss to help solve this issue as soon as possible.
On April 18, 2012 at 19:30-21:30pm Thailand time, I, Second General Intarat Yodbangtoey, received the order from Head General Jongsak Panishakul to help solve the problem that occured between these personals. By doing this, I repeatedly and continually report my actions for acknowledgement to Mr. Sakol Wannapong, the second commander of Thai Sport Authority. These are the results from information which I received from Buakaw:
1. Por Pramuk Camp must agree to pay 3 million Bahts for profit that are owed to Buakaw.
2. The 3 million Bahts can be substituted by letting Buakaw free from contract with Por Pramuk Camp.
3. If neither above are agreed from Por Pramuk Camp, Buakaw would continue to use his sur name as Por Pramuk for entering the fight, but the profit would be 40:60. Buakaw would received 60%, and Por Pramuk 40% until the 3 millions bahts are paid within this split profit. The money that Por Pramuk owed to Buakaw would be taken as 20% from each fight both in and out of the country of Thailand. Until the debt is paid and the five year contract has ended, Buakaw will continue to use sur name as Por Pramuk and train at his own facility. But all this would not involve the profit from the promoter both from commercial, pictures, movies etc.
And, as fair judgement to both sides, I will discuss this issue with Mr. Pramuk Rotejanaton before the final decision to solve this problem is to be made.
Mr. Intarat Yodbangtoey.”
Additionally it looks like Buakaw has written a statement to the Boxing Commission about his ill treatment by Por Pramuk. Its worth looking at.
Subject: Termination of Contract
To: Board of Boxing Sport
March 26, 2012
I, Sombat Banchamek,would like to terminate my contract with Por Pramuk camp because of mistreated unfairly and it’s my right to asked or terminate this due to these reasons:
1. The leader and manager of Por Pramuk camp fails to provide appropriate care which led to damage to myself both physically and mentally. We understand boxing as a sport has a high chance of serious injury which could lead to handicap or death.
2. My health or safety unreasonably jeopardized as :
2.1 On December 2011, Mr. Pramuk Rotejanaton commanded in an unpleasant manner and made an order to eject Channel 9 V.I.P. crews members during my t.v.interview.
2.2 On December 14, 2011, four days before the final fight of Thai Fight event, Mr.Pramuk Rotejanaton spoke harsh with threatening words which made me concerned for my safety.
2.3 On January 2012, during the Titan’s Des Trois, France television show, Mr. Pramuk Rotejanaton interrupted the filming process with a phone call in which he was very unprofessional and used embarrassing words and demand to ejected the T.V. crews.
Mr.Teerapat Rotejanato and the manager of the camp failed to solve the problem and ignored the situataion. These two incidents above led to my decision of move out from camp.
3. The profit after each fight is lesser than 50:50 and they never pay on time, which is against the laws and regulation of boxing. As these incidents:
3.1 Still have not received 400,000 Thai Bahts from my professional boxing career while Mr.Pramuk Rotejanaton served as leader and manager of the camp.
3.2 The fight purse after K-1 tournament event was 10,000,000 yen (Japan Currency) , which was approximately 3,630,000 baths ( Thai Currency), I only received 1,000,000 Bahts from the leader and manager of the camp.
3.3 My winnings from my Runner-Up finish in K-1 competition in 2005 amounted to ¥2,500,000, or ?832,500. From that ?832,500 payout, I only received ?15,000.
3.4 My winnings from my First Place finish in K-1 competition in 2006 amounted to ¥20,000,000, or ?5,648,000. From that?5,648,000 payout, I was only awarded ?2,000,000 which was immediately loaned out to Rotejanaton’s family. To this day, I have not seen any of the money from that fight.
3.5 Mr. Teerapat Rotejanaton, the manager of the camp, has borrowed?400,000 and has not returned any of it.
3.6 My sponsorship with the Singha Corporation was worth a total of ?3,000,000. To date, I have only received ?440,000 of this money from my manager.
My agreement with my manager was to split the revenues from all of my commercials, television shows, modeling, and sponsorships 50:50 with management. Instead, management has subtracted costs they attribute to “living expenses” from total revenues before paying me half of the remainder.
4. Mr. Teerapat Rotejanaton, recent manager of Por Pramuk camp, and Mr. Pramuk Rotejanaton the previous manager, have ruined my reputation and good name with false accusations and slander given in numerous interviews with the media.
Of the above, the duties of the chief outlets, against the rules of Boxing Act, BE 2542 Section 1 of Article 5: The duties of the chief outlets are as follows:
Article 2: Safety and the welfare of boxers, trainers and those involved in managing the camp.
Article 3:To be fair to the fighter and not under any contract or agreement in the manner of exploitation or fraud.
And (6) The money shall be paid to the boxer who wins any of the competitions as laws allow.
To accept property or benefits for themselves, through illegitimate means and the threats by the manager of Por Pramuk camp, the Boxing Council Regulation on jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the 2544 outlets in 14 states under the outlets before the end of the request may be made under subsection (2) breach of contract per head of outlets or manager of the camp failed to take care of the boxer which led the boxer to feeling unsafe and leaving the camp, and (3) The negligence of the manager of the Por Pramuk camp does not protect the rights of their boxers and allows theft of the prize. As a result, the profession of boxing has been compromised. If the decision made by the Registrar’s request, outlets of the parties under the contract are terminated. In addition to the regulations, in this section are specified in Article 18 (5) the party that has been damaged has the right to terminate the agreement immediately.
( Mr. Sombat Banchamek )
13 Bhan Songnong M.4