McLACHLAN MAKES IT 25
World Champion Keith remains unbeaten with KO win
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