This video is a collection of the finest Ramon Dekkers fights against non-Thai opposition…
Ramon Dekkers is widely regarded as a muay Thai legend. His story has inspired muay Thai athletes all over the world to follow in his footsteps or to become better practitioners. It really is something of a fairy-tale…
Ramon grew up in Breda, Holland, and at the age of 13 began training with his one and only coach Cor Hemmers who later became his step-father.
At 16, he began fighting and soon earned a reputation as a heavy hitter after a string of KO wins against more experienced opponents. In 1987 at the age of 18 Dekkers won his first Dutch muay Thai title.
In 1990, after several wins over top Thai opponents in the Netherlands and France, Dekkers was invited to fight the best of the best at Lumpinee stadium, Thailand. It was at this stadium where Ramon Dekkers would cement his name as a muay Thai legend by beating Thai champions at their national sport. Some of the names on Dekkers’ list of wins at Lumpinee include Superlek Sorn E-Sarn, Sombat Sor Thanikul, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong, and James Bond.
Dekkers’ most notable rivalry was with Coban Lookchaomaesaitong. They fought a total of four times, winning two each, with the second match-up possibly being the most important fight ever in terms of the progression of western muay Thai.
Many regard Dekkers as the most “successful” or the most important westerner ever to lace up gloves. He didn’t become a Lumpinee champion like other westerners did after him, but it’s the context in which he achieved all of his success which counts for much more than that.
In this interview, Dekkers states that he thought he won many of the losses on his record due to biased judging and that he usually had to KO his opponent to get the win. I tend to think that knowledge of Muay Thai scoring back then was limited outside of Thailand and that Dekkers was never really robbed of a points victory, but that’s just my view.
I don’t think there is a doubt in anyone’s mind, though, that Ramon Dekkers was one of the most entertaining fighters in history, going toe-to-toe with every opponent and showing his heart and toughness in every fight.
Above all else, he paved the way for other western muay Thai fighters to fight in Thailand and helped mould the sport into what it is today.