It turns out that it seems like someone has made off with Buakaw’s Mongkol… while he was participating at the Yokkao Event.
This particular Mongkol has been passed down through the gym for about 35 years, and has tremendous sentimental value to Buakaw.
For those new to Muay Thai, the Mongkol is a ceremonial headdress worn by a fighter prior to the fight. The Mongkol is considered a sacred object an is given to the fighter by his Kru/head of camp during an induction ceremony. It’s the same mongkol that you’ll have with you throughout your career. A mongkol is typically handled by the trainer and is always is treated with the utmost respect. A mongkol is never allowed to touch the floor and is hung in a prominent position, corner of the ring, or at the gym alter.
I’m not sure what the going rate for Buakaw’s Mongkol is… but I can’t imagine it’s all that much. I think they are offering a reward, if anyone know’s anything about it, they are can contact the gym on their fbook page.
It would be interesting to see if this at all messes with his mojo.