Ramon was in Bangkok on 26-04-1992 for a fight against
Orhono, an American Thai fighter. His father was an African American from
the US Navy and his mother was Thai. Ramon had studied some fights of Orhono
on tape. And he knew he had some very good elbows. Dekkers had to watch out
for them because he had enough scars already and didn’t need another one.
Ramon was not one to avoid a tough challenge. Orhono was just a windmill of
flurry and activity that could match Dekkers almost power for power. Whereas
Ramon would start to build up a lead early on, it was Orhono that would come
raging back with his own elbows. And it was that left elbow that was a
deciding factor. This was possibly one of Dekkers’ greatest fights because,
in some ways, even though they were throwing everything and the kitchen
sink, including this terminator by the name of Orhono, Dekkers was now
beating up the very best in his opponents from Thailand.
Watching this fight, you can see the frenzy with which Orhono fought at the
time. He is an incredibly strong fighter and he knew that if he would be
able to beat Dekkers, everlasting glory would be his. Once again, the left
elbow of Orhono was trying to hit those weak scar tissues on the face of the
Dutchman. Dekkers did a good job at defending himself. But he had a tough
time – a real tough time – with this motivated Thai, this terrible fighting
machine by the name of Orhono.
This fight went back and forth, it had so many turns and
twists. They were trading with the kicks to the face – they were just
blasting each other, trying in earnest to knock each other out the whole
way. And Dekkers was blasting him with the front kick to the chin –
everything he could pull up then. He tried tricks up his sleeve like spins.
It was really an affair where there was a lot of pride at stake, a lot of
ego at stake. And, with all the respect they had for each other, they were
each trying to get the victory and to ride on that name on their resume of
victory over one or the other. Dekkers had his hands full that night in
Thailand but so did Orhono.
No other foreigner had ever been able to achieve and put his mark on that
sport of Muay Thai as Ramon Dekkers. But in this fight, you can see the best
came out of both. You could see the cut with Orhono, the cut with Ramon
Dekkers and both wanted the win so badly.
This definitely was one of the best fights on many people’s lists of top
fights ever in Muay Thai. Ramon lost again by decision. Ramon did not feel
too well going over there with so many Dutch fans really knowing that he
beat his opponent on points but lost to a judge’s decision every time. Of
course there is always the tape and everybody can see he won clearly but it
was bad for his motivation.