In 1991 Ramon fought against the legendary Sangtienoi, the
“Deadly Kisser.” They called him the "Deadly Kisser" because sometimes he’d
kiss his opponents before knocking them out. There was some kissing in that
fight in Lumpinee stadium. Ramon gave him one kiss in Round 4.
A professional fighter for over a decade, Sangtienoi had secured his name in
the annals of Muay Thai history with his outstanding fighting skills and
exemplary sportsmanship - both inside and outside the ring. At his natural
weight of 140 lbs., Sangtienoi was called “king of the ring.” What he lacked
in speed, he more than made up for in skill. His roundhouse kicks and
piercing knees were the best in the business.
Ramon won at least 4 of the 5 rounds but still lost by decision. Now the
Thai people got totally frustrated and disappointed. They could not find a
Thai opponent who could knock him out.
Dekkers always tried to play the game as well as he could, but he also tried
to be tactical, to fight like a Thai and use the point system in his head.
Still it was very hard for him to win on points in Thailand at that time.
The Thais – including Sangtienoi – started to understand
that if you fought aggressively against this young man from Holland, that
you might end up as Coban did – flat on the deck. So they started to fight
more conservatively and to hope for those decisions because it was very hard
for anyone to stop Ramon Dekkers at that time – including this man, the
Deadly Kisser, Sangtienoi. Even though he tried for those elbows, to try and
open up a cut, it was really a conservative match that he tried to fight. He
did not try to go for the finish at all times.
Ramon was really dictating the pace of the fight. He cut
Sangtienoi and knew that if he didn’t knock him out, he would lose the
fight. Even though he was so much stronger and he was dictating the fight,
they still made him lose it. He would have his revenge
some years later.