Ramon Dekker, one of the greatest and well-known European Muay Thai Fighter who was born in Breda, North Brabant, the Netherlands passed away at the age of 43 on February 2013.
He began learning martial arts at the age of 12, first studying judo for a few months. Then he started boxing for a year. After that, Dekkers started practicing Muay Thai. He was awarded his first title at the age of 18 when he won the Dutch National Championship on 15th November 1987.
He started his professional fight career in eighties and retired in 2006. He amassed a career record of 186 wins (95 knockouts and technical knockouts), 33 losses and two draws including 8 Muay Thai world championships and multiple Lumpinee championships.
He was the first foreigner in Thailand to be chosen as the "Muay Thai Fighter of the Year". The award was presented to him on 15 September 1990 by the prime minister of Thailand, general Chatichai Choonhavan.