World Cham­pion Keith re­mains un­beaten with KO win

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A Croft­foot man ended his suc­cess­ful year of Muay Thai kick­box­ing on a high by claim­ing the 25th vic­tory of his ca­reer.

World Cham­pion, Keith McLach­lan knocked out Thai­land’s Su­perkim in the fourth round at the ON-X Arena, in Linwood, Pais­ley on Satur­day.

The 36 year old had to deal with his op­po­nent’s quick feet and jab but man­aged to get the bet­ter of him as early as the first round.

Keith had Su­perkim on the mat in the open­ing min­utes of the fight and con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate by knock­ing the wind out of his op­po­nent with a se­ries of knees to the stom­ach.

The third round saw Keith knock Su­perkim to the ground on four oc­ca­sions and landed many im­por­tant punches to the head. The fight was won in the fourth round when Keith landed a blow to Su­perkim’s nose to knock him out.

Keith, coach at Mary­hill’s Grip­house gym, said: “It was pretty even handed but I man­aged to match him.

“I closed him down but he was an awk­ward fighter.

“I ex­pected him to be stronger and I man­aged to take the wind out of him.

“I had a good sup­port there. There was more than 600 peo­ple there and I think I had the ma­jor­ity of them see­ing as I was the Scot­tish fighter.

“I was con­fi­dent go­ing into it. I al­ways feel con­fi­dent go­ing into a fight. If guys are bet­ter than me, I have the abil­ity to knock them out.”

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

He also notched up an­other vic­tory last month with a sec­ond round knock out of French num­ber one, Ahmed Moutfi.

The bout, at the Oran Mor in Glas­gow, kept up a win­ning streak that has pro­pelled the Croft­foot man to UK num­ber one in Muay Thai kick­box­ing.

Com­ment­ing on his 25 vic­to­ries, Keith added: “It’s pretty cool. I never ex­pected it. I never thought I’d get to 25 bouts never mind 25 wins.

“I’m very happy to fin­ish the year with the win and re­main un­beaten.”

Keith will con­tinue to train whilst work­ing as a joiner in or­der to pre­pare for his next fight that could take place as early as Fe­bru­ary 2016.

The fighter’s 13 year-old son, Corey, also won his bout on Satur­day, against fel­low young­ster Scott Mckee.

Corey man­aged to win the fight in­side the third round with a left body kick.

World Cham­pion Keith con­tin­ued run

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