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Eight-time Dutch world champion Ramon Dekkers (186 wins, 95 knockouts) dies at age 43. 



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Breakingnews

Muay Thai legend Dekkers dies

28 Feb 2013
Online Reporters

Former eight-time Muay Thai world champion Ramon "The Diamond" Dekkers suffered a heart attack while riding a bicycle in the Netherlands on Wednesday. He was 43.

Reports said the Dutch kickboxer collapsed in a tunnel in the city of Breda, the Netherlands. Bystanders tried to revive him to no avail.

Dekkers started his professional fight career at 1986 and retired in 2006. He owned a career record of 186 wins (95 knockouts and technical knockouts), 33 losses and and two draws.

The Dutchman was the first non-Thai to win "Thai Boxer of the Year" and opened a Muay Thai school in his home country.

The video clip below (uploaded to Youtube by Whitemare96) shows some of Dekkers' career highlights.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Muay Thai legend Dekkers dies, 28 Feb 2013, Online Reporters, link

 
Muay Thai Vocabulary

Ramon Dekkers (1969-2013) - a Dutch kickboxer and an eight time Muay Thai world champion (See Wikipedia & YouTube)

Muay Thai - Thai boxing, different from western boxing which uses only fists to hit the other boxer, in Thai boxing the elbows, knees, shins and feet can also be used มวยไทย (See Wikipedia)

kickboxing - Same as "Muay Thai"
kickboxer - a person who trains and competes in Thai boxing, a fighter นักมวย

legend - a famous person (many people know and admire because of great achievements) บุคคลที่มีชื่อเสียง
Muay Thai legend
Muay Thai legend Dekkers dies

champion - someone who has won an important competition in sport or some game such as chess
world champion - someone who has won the match or competition for best in the world
Muay Thai world champion

heart attack
suffered a heart attack

Former eight-time Muay Thai world champion Ramon "The Diamond" Dekkers suffered a heart attack while riding a bicycle in the Netherlands on Wednesday. He was 43.

collapse - fall down suddenly ล้ม ทิ้งตัวลง
tunnel -  อุโมงค์
collapsed
in a tunnel

bystanders
- people watching something happen (not involved) (example: many bystanders witnessed the accident)

revive - bring to live again ชุบชีวิต ฟื้นชีพ ทำให้ฟื้นชีพ
to no avail - tried to do something, but failed (not successful)

bystanders
tried to revive him to no avail

career - the series of related jobs that you spend your work life doing (See Wikipedia)
professional fight career

record -
a list of things that you have done or have happened to you (examples: school records, criminal records)
career record

retired
- no longer working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work (or early retirement) เกษียณอายุ

Dekkers started his professional fight career at 1986 and retired in 2006.

knockout - นอคเอ๊าทฺ,  การทำให้ล้มลง, การชกล้มลง (See Wikipedia)

technical knockout (TKO) - when the referee in a boxing match (or boxer or boxer's coach) decides one boxer is badly hurt and can't continue fighting so the boxing must end (and declares a "knockout") (See Wikipedia)

draw -
when there is no winner or loser in a boxing match การเสมอกัน

a career record of 186 wins (95 knockouts and technical knockouts), 33 losses and and two draws

home country - the country that a person comes from (when they do not live there often)
opened a Muay Thai school in his home country

highlights
career highlights

the video clip below shows some of Dekkers' career highlights

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