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Diamond Dekkers leaves a legacy

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No fighter born outside Thailand has been a bigger superstar _ or done more to promote the value and appeal of Muay Thai on the world stage _ than Ramon Dekkers, the 'Diamond Dutchman', who collapsed and died suddenly last Wednesday while riding a bicycle near his home in Breda. 

Dutchman Ramon Dekkers, right, was a Muay Thai superstar in the 1990s.

At 43, Dekkers was regarded as a Muay Thai ambassador, reflecting his status as one of the all-time great champions, having been the first foreign boxer to beat some of the best Thai boxers in main events at Lumpinee Stadium during the 1990s.

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