On October 11th in Pattaya, Thailand Enriko Kehl and Buakaw Banchamek met in a technical fight in the finals of the K-1 World MAX tournament to crown a new champion. Banchamek fought a calculated fight against Kehl with heavy knee strikes and frustrating the young German fighter with throws. Kehl was not to be deterred, though, firing back with precision combinations with his hands and landing clean shots on the two-time K-1 World MAX Champion.
After three rounds the judges scored the fight a draw, prompting a fourth extension round. Banchamek did not return to the ring for the fourth round, thus forfeiting the fight to Enriko Kehl.
K-1 congratulates Enriko Kehl on the victory and is proud to call him the K-1 World MAX Champion.
Full Results for the event are included.
Rungravee Sasiprapa O (Round Three – Unanimous Decision) X Den Puric
Lee Sung Hyun O (Extra Round – Unanimous Decision) X Andrei Kubelin
Petmankong Petchsaman O (Round Three – Majority Decision) X Artem Pashporin
Xei Lei O (Round Three – Unanimous Decision) X Kouji Yoshimoto
Li Yankun X (Round Three – Majority Decision) O Andre Dida Amade
Maximo Saurez O (Round Two – TKO) X Tural Bayramov
Paul Daley O (Round Three – Unanimous Decision) X Mohamed Ghaedibardeh
Buakaw Banchamek X (Extra Round – Forfeit) O Enriko Kehl