Keith’s op­po­nent pulls out

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - Muay Thai

Muay Thai world cham­pion Keith McLach­lan has spo­ken of his dis­ap­point­ment af­ter his fight in Dublin was can­celled.

The 36-year-old, from Croft­foot, was due to face Salva Guer­rero on Satur­day, July 11, but the Spa­niard with­drew.

Keith was un­able to ex­plain the de­ci­sion:“I have no idea; it was quite dis­ap­point­ing. I’ll move on to the next one, I’m just in train­ing at the minute.”

The well-pub­li­cised clash was meant to take place in the Spin Disco Arena un­der the billing ‘60kg En­fu­sion Su­per Fight’.

But the set­back will do lit­tle to mar what has al­ready been a re­mark­able year for the McLach­lan’s.

On June 20 in Stepps, Keith knocked out two-time world cham­pion Yan­nis Bela­cel in the sec­ond round to con­firm his sta­tus as 59kg WBC world ti­tle holder.

In­cred­i­bly, his son Corey, 13, se­cured the CCC Euro­pean ti­tle by de­feat­ing France’s Chai Rozen on points - on the same night, at the same venue. And Keith re­flected: “That was tremen­dous; very, very spe­cial.”

Corey is set to fol­low in his fa­ther’s suc­cess-laden foot­steps, hav­ing claimed over 60 wins from 70 fights. He has won the Scot­tish Open and the SFMA Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship three times and the CCC World ti­tle once, amongst many other pres­ti­gious belts.

And another McLach­lan ap­pears to have a bright fu­ture in muay thai. Reece, who is eight-years-old, has over 20 wins from 30 fights and has won the Scot­tish Open three times and the WTKA Euro­pean Open once.

Keith, a coach at Mary­hill’s Grip­house gym, said:“Reece has more of a tra­di­tional fight­ing style than Corey. They train hard, maybe five or six times a week.

“I was tak­ing classes and Corey just joined in - Reece was the same.”

And hav­ing a world cham­pion fa­ther to turn to for sup­port helps the boys. “It does, yeah,”said Keith. “And it helps the other fight­ers at the gym. Reece must be the youngest fighter I’ve got; he’s had 30 fights.”

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