The fight­ing McLach­lans

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - John Gorrod

Muay Thai fight­ers Keith and Corey McLach­lan have given new mean­ing to fa­ther and son bond­ing.

The duo, from Croft­foot, were in Stepps on June 20 as Keith, 36, con­firmed his sta­tus as WBC world cham­pion af­ter Corey, 13, had claimed the CCC Euro­pean ti­tle.

Corey de­feated France’s Chai Rozen on points, in an in­tense bat­tle in which nei­ther boy was will­ing to give an inch.

Keith said:“That was his sec­ond head-con­tact fight and he came out with no in­juries so it was very pleas­ing.”

The young­ster, now num­ber one at 38kg level, is con­sid­ered to be one of the sport’s bright­est prospects and hav­ing his ex­pe­ri­enced fa­ther at ring­side has proved in­valu­able.

Keith ex­plained:“It def­i­nitely helps him. He was a bit ner­vous be­fore the start be­cause it was such a big deal.”

In the night’s main event, Keith was matched against two-time world cham­pion Yan­nis Bela­cel, of France, and pro­duced a dev­as­tat­ing per­for­mance to KO his op­po­nent in the sec­ond round.

Keith re­flected:“It was cer­tainly eas­ier than I was ex­pect­ing and I came out with no in­juries.”

With his son win­ning the Euro­pean ti­tle ear­lier, Keith’s vic­tory rounded off a mem­o­rable night.

He said:“That was tremen­dous; very, very spe­cial.”

Both fight­ers train at Mary­hill’s Grip­house gym and, the week­end af­ter, Keith took a group to the WTKA ti­tle show in Manch­ester, where they tasted even more suc­cess.

Lewis Munro got back to win­ning ways, while Corey im­me­di­ately added to his Euro­pean ti­tle by be­com­ing WTKA Bri­tish cham­pion and con­firm­ing his po­si­tion as UK num­ber one.

Sis­ters Alisha and Tay­lor Rae, also trained by Keith, de­ter­mined not to be out­done by each other, both claimed the WTKA Bri­tish ti­tle in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

And it will not be long be­fore Keith him­self is back in the ring:“I‘m fight­ing in Dublin in a cou­ple of weeks against a Span­ish guy. Corey’s next fight will prob­a­bly be at the end of Au­gust. We plan to give him a break as he’s had a busy year.”

Win­ner Keith McLach­lan

Champ Corey McLach­lan

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