Ramon Dekkers A True Muay Thai Legend


Ramon “Diamond” Dekkers is known by many as a true muay Thai legend. Over the years he has inspired many Muay Thai athletes from all over the world and propel the combat art form to new heights.

Path To Muay Thai

Many follow his path on a quest to become better practitioners of the sport. Ramon Muay Thai journey is truly one of epic proportions. He grew up in Breda, Holland, and at the young age of 13 began training with is sole longtime coach Cor Hemmers who later became his step-father. Soon after his training, he began fighting at 16 years. He quickly earned the reputation as a guy that was a heavy hitter after he scoured several KO wins against much more experienced fighters. At the age of 18 in 1987 Dekkers won the his afirst Dutch Muay Thai title.

Dekker Move onto Thailand

In 1990, he scoured several big victories over top Thai opponents in the Netherlands and France. This then posed Dekkers to fight the best in the Muay Thai league at Lumpinee stadium, Thailand. It was at Leumpinee stadium that Dekkers secured his name as a Muay Thai legend by beating native Thai champions at their national sport. Some of the names who fell to Dekker at Lumpinee include Superlek Sorn E-Sarn, James Bond, Sombat Sor Thanikul and Coban Lookchaomaesaitong.

End of a Journey

Dekkers announced his retirement in 2006 in Amsterdam at the at K-1 World Grand Prix fight. Unfortunately, at the age of 43 Dekker suffered a heart attack and died while cycling in his native home town of Breda. Many regard Dekker as on of the most successful to every lace up the gloves. Even though he never became Lumpinee champion as other westerners did after him, but at the time and context in which he ahieve so much within the combat art discipline counts for so much more.

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