|With an intense rivalry brewing after each fighter had
claimed one victory over
the other, the stage was
set for a third fight. In 1992, the two got it on once again in Thailand.
Flooring Dekkers twice during the bout, Coban earned a second victory over
the Dutch fighter, this time by decision. In this third fight, Coban
delivered a big left hook that knocked Dekkers flat on his back. It is rare
for Dekkers to get knocked down by a punch from the Thai fighters. When he
loses, it is usually in the clinch and the elbowing range. But Coban had a
wicked punch, and Dekkers chose to trade punches with him. Coban knocked him
down several times and also punished Dekkers with hard kicks and elbows.
Dekkers did not protest this match and his respect for Coban was apparent.
The two danced a playful version of the Ram Muay after the match.
The final bout
between the two took place in France in 1993
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