Interview of Ramon DEKKERS
by Serge TREFEU (2008)
Serge TREFEU: Hello Ramon, how are you well?
Ramon DEKKERS: Very well in full form
How old are you?
Where you were born and in which area you grew?
In Breda in Holland
Was child you brawler?
Not at all
In your district there was much young man who practiced Thai boxing?
Not, there was only one Thai boxing gym in the city, it was not known the muay Thai…
Do you have a children are you married?
Yes, I am married and I have children who live in Holland
Today where do you live ?
I always live in Breda
How did you discover boxing and towards which age?
Towards the 12/13 years age, a gym opened close to at home, I was to see, I pushed the door and here…
Your first fight do you remember it ?
I do not remember it but I saw again the video and I had gained by K.O with the first round…
In which category you did fight?
I started to 50 kg after more to 60 kg
You practiced other sports before making Thai boxing ?
I have make judo and Boxing
How was called your first gym of boxing and how long you remained in this gym?
It is Meang Ho Hemmers and it is my gym since always. Cor Hemmers was my trainer. In the gym there was, Lieuwfat, Masseurs, Verheijen, Bas Ruten…
In Holland, which was the best fighter in Thai boxing moment when you began Thai boxing?
It was Gilbert Ballantine, best moment I faced it several times later (3 wins for Ballentine, 1 win for Dekkers by KO)
Rob Kaman is one of your good friends, is what you often training with him?
Yes, often I went in his house to Thailand in Pattaya, I trained with him over there
Which was your first important title?
My title of champion of Holland then my title of Europe Champion against French Andre Richard Nam, after I had my titles of World Champion…
You were already put by K.O at the time of a fight?
I was never put K.O. I already fell, I was sounded, counted, but I was always raised (The Thai Coban is the only one to have knocked out Ramon Dekkers, Ramon beat Coban 1 times by KO and 1 time by points, Coban beat Ramon 1 time by KO and 1 time by points)
Which was your promoter when you fighting?
I had many promoters. In Holland it was Tom Harinck, in Thailand Songchaï and France Sami Kebchi
Which is your most beautiful memory of fight?
My first title of World Champion against Namphon (Lumpinee Champion 1990) in 1990 in Amsterdam
And your worse memories fight?
All the remainder… (he laughs)
At the time you has good money with a muay Thai, lived you only thanks to Thai boxing, your job was a boxer professional?
Yes. When I became World Champion I started to have much money. I lived very well of the boxing
Your nickname of fighter is “The Diamond” from which comes this nickname from fighter?
It is Songchaï the promoter Thai who gave me this nickname. Because the diamond it is the hardest raw material…
Sometimes has called you also “Mike Tyson of Thai boxing”, loved you also this nickname?
Yes much because I was always a fan of Mike Tyson
Sometimes you fought in Kick boxing and Full-contact, you loved these styles of boxing?
No I did not like too much. I fought in Full-contact against Khalid Rahilou (French World Champion Full-contact and World Champion Boxing WBA). And I prefer fight in Muay Thai…
You preferred fight with the elbows or without the elbows?
I preferred without the elbows. I like especially much the lows kicks
Which is the style of boxers whom you liked to fight, technicians or punchers?
No importance, I fight any boxers
You fought much in Thailand, in which year you went for the first time to Thailand and which old you had?
I went over there for the first time in 1990 for the revenge against Namphon. I fought in Lumpinee Stadium for the title of champion of the world.
Your first fights in Thailand you them a make in which stadiums in Bangkok?
I fought much in Lumpinee Stadium, and a little in Radja Stadium and also often to the King’ s Birthday
You remember the names of your fighters in Thailand?
Not only some ones, there is too much…
How much do you have make of fights in Thailand?
About 50 fights…
When you went to Thailand you was training in which gym, where?
I never remained very a long time in Thailand. I went in my friend Rob (Kaman), I training it low, I fought then I set out again in Holland. I training a little with the Sityotong Gym in Pattaya, it is all
Do you know Jocky Gym of Bangkok, is what you already training over there?
Yes I know the gym but I never was to training over there
Had you one day the opportunity to compete for a belt of Lumpinee or Radja?
In 1990 I fought against Thai Issara for a belt of Lumpinee. I lost the fight because I had not carried out the Ram Muay (whai khru)…
The hardest fight that you are make in Thailand it was against which fighter?
Against Sangtiennoi and also against Den Muangsurin
In did the Nineties, much of personalities of Thailand know to you, is what you the King of Thailand had one day the honour to meet ?
Not I never met it but I think that he knows me…
Does the culture Thai interest you it?
Yes I like
You have much tattooing is what you were already made traditional tattooing thai?
Yes I have make Buddhist tattooing on my hands. Tattooing with the long needle…
Why you never practice the Ram Muay (way khru) before your fights?
Because I came to fight me not to dance (he laughs)
You have fought much in Japan, how much do you have fought over there?
The fights was in muay Thai or kick boxing?
In Muay Thai
One much also fight in France, how much do you have fight in France?
Here I have make 40 fights
You fighting all the French great champions, which for you that champion opposed the most difficulty to you?
It is Jo Prestia…
In France enormously of people remember Ramon Dekkers like a very great fighter, is what that does to you pleasure?
Yes enormously pleasure which the French public remembers me. But when I came to France, nobody invited me, I speak about the promoters…
Do you know the old French champions?
In had your long career you chosen fighting very often, which caused you many wounds, can you speak us about your wounds in particular those which you had with ankle?
Yes I was often wounded in particular with the ankles. I fought too much with step enough time of recuperation. For example I fought Saturdays in France and to wound I fought Wednesday in Thailand!
These wounds you one often made lose fights, if it were has to start again would also often fight you?
Yes I liked to often fight. But if were to be remade I would pay more attention to my wounds and I would wait which are well cured to fight again…
Today you are a gym can you speak us about it, in which year did you have open your gym and how much have you students?
I took again the gym of Breda. I have many students and many fighters. Nicky Holtzken who often fights in K1 max in Japan. I have also Stephan Leko (fighter of heavy K1) and many others…
Thank you very much and CHOOKDEE?
Merci beaucoup et à bientôt (Ramon said this phrase in French!)
Ramon DEKKERS “The Diamond”
Weight: 59 kg to 67 kg
Height: 1, 68 m
Number of fight: 210. 185 wins. 20 losses 5 draws. 98 K.O!
Title: Holland Champion Thai Boxing, Europe Champion Thai Boxing, 8 times World Champions Thai boxing and Kick Boxing. Champion in four categories of weight: – 59 kg, – 63 kg, – 67 kg and – 70 kilos kg!
Ramon DEKKERS was the first Western to beat the Thai champions at home in the big stadiums of Bangkok. In Thailand, he is considered a living legend of Muay Thai. Throughout the world his name is forever engraved in the history of feet and fists.
Many champions beat him but very few have achieved a career as prestigious as his. His extraordinary punch and courage allowed him to defeat the greatest figures of his time. “The Diamond” reigned terror for many years on every ring on the planet.
The list of champions he beat is impressive, and he beat them at home. He also fought memorable battles, losing just by points or by injury-stopping against great champions from around the world.
The champions he beat: Ramkisoen (KO), André Richard Nam (KO), Mike Morris, Gilbert Ballantine (KO), Namphon Nongkee Pahuyuth, Cherry Sor Wanich (KO), Superlek Sorn E-Sarn, Sombat Sor Thanikul, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong (KO), Joel Cesar (KO), Jo Prestia, Mourad Djebli, James Bond (KO), Hassan Kassrioui (KO), Saengtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Decharwin (KO), Pralomran (KO), Taro Minato (KO), Hiroshi Yoshitaka, Fernandos Calleros (KO), Hector Pena (KO), Gerald Mamadeus (KO), Marino De Florin (KO), Kenichi Ogata (KO), Duane Ludwig!
The champions he faced and who beat him: Joao Vieira, André Richard Nam, Gilbert Ballantine, Jomhod Kiatadisak, Issara Sakkreerin, Superlek, Den Muangsurin, Coban, Sangtienoi, Sakmongkol, Orono, Chareonthong, Jo Prestia, Chanoy, Dida, Rahilou, Rayen Simson, Namkhabuan, Jerry Morris, Luiz Guilherme, Saimai, Dany Bill, Francois Pennachio, Takayuki Kohiruimaki, Andre Menzentsef, Joerie Mes.
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RAMON DEKKERS “THE TURBINE FROM HELL”