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Old 31-07-2015, 06:57 PM   #481
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Ramon Dekkers Highlights ..
RAmon The Diamond" Dekkers (4 September 1969 – 27 February 2013) was a Dutch kickboxer and an 8 time Muay Thai world champion.. Dekkers had a tendency to go head-to-head with his opponents, which made him a favourite with fight fans..Dekkers was born in Breda, Netherlands.. He began learning martial arts at age 12, studying judo for a few months.. He then switched to boxing. After half a year Dekkers started practicing Muay Thai under Cor Hemmers.. After finishing his baker education Dekkers joined Maeng Ho Breda Gym.. During Dekkers early days of training his mother was at the gym every day and eventually she and Hemmers fell in love and got married..

Wai Khru Ram Muay..

In the beginning of his career Dekkers' manager was Clovis Depretz, the manager of legendary Rob Kaman..They often trained together and became good friends.. Dekkers and Kaman were dubbed by fight fans in Thailand as "The Double Dutch duo"..In his first fight at 16 years of age, Dekkers won in a spectacular knockout against a well-established older boxer. Although, only weighing about 55 kg, his opponents found out sooner than later he was much stronger than he looked..He was awarded his first title at age 18, when he won the MTBN Dutch Championship on 15 November 1987.. Dekkers defeated Ramkisoen by knockout with a high kick..Dekkers challenged for the NKBB European Super featherweight Championship against Kevin Morris on 14 April 1988..On 18 February 1990, Dekkers truly moved onto the world stage. In the French capital Paris, he faced the reigning Lumpinee champion Nongkee Pahuyuth. He inflicted a rare defeat on Namphon after 5 rounds, taking the IMF World Light Welterweight title..The most notable rival of Dekkers was multiple Lumpinee champion and living legend Coban Lookchaomaesaitong.. In their first encounter on 21 April 1991, Dekkers was knocked out with a left hook..In the rematch, Dekkers won in highlight worthy fashion via devastating knockout...

Ong Bak 2 Slave Scene..

Dekkers ended 1991 with two wins by knockout over French champion Joel Cezar and a decision loss against Sakmongkol Sitthichok. Between 1992 and 1996..On November 16, 1996, Dekkers defeated Hassan Kassrioui via unanimous decision in Amsterdam, Netherlands to win the World Professional Kickboxing League (WPKL)..On 18 March 2001, Ramon Dekkers fought his farewell fight against Marino Deflorin in Rotterdam, the Netherlands..After his retirement Dekkers kept himself busy training his two teams..Ramon Dekkers fought some of the best fighters Thailand had to offer.. Especially in the beginning it was hard for Dekkers to fight at full Thai rules..On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the King of Thailand, Dekkers received a royal award from the Thai Royal Family for his services to the sport. The Dutchman was also appointed ambassador of all foreign fighters in Thailand.. "This is very important to me. It is the greatest recognition that I can get for what I have achieved in this sport," said Dekkers, after the presentation by the Thai princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, the eldest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej..

On 27 February 2013, Dekkers died at the age of 43, after reportedly feeling light headed while training in his hometown Breda.. He was riding his bike when he collapsed.. A few bystanders attempted to assist him before emergency services arrived and attempted to revive him to no avail.. It was reported that myocardial infarction (heart attack) was the cause of death..Hundreds of family members and friends farewelled Dekkers at his funeral at the Zuylen cemetery.. The funeral procession was accompanied by dozens of members of the Motorbike Club Satudarah, while an airplane with a banner reading "The Diamond 4Ever, rest in peace" circled above the town..Total Kickboxing Record 223... love anything full contact.. I need a few more scars on my face...Guess the Kumite starts one day earlier this year, huh fellas?..This is stone city..While you train here, listen!..

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