Friday, March 22, 2013

Muay Thai Legend Ramon Dekkers Passes

I found out a couple of days ago that legendary Dutch kickboxer Ramon Dekkers had recently passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack. I first learned about Ramon around 15 years ago after training with Muay Thai coach Eric Haycraft. Eric had traveled to the Netherlands to train with Ramon and had a lot of his fights on VHS. One day we sat down after one of our training sessions and watched a couple of tapes. I was amazed at Dekkers' combination of skill and aggression. I had never before seen a westerner that was able to fight under Thai rules and still decidedly win the match. The word legend gets thrown around a little to much in the world of sports but in this case, it is completely appropriate. Ramon Dekkers will certainly be missed.

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