World champ Keith wins in Paisley
Croftfoot man and Muay Thai kick boxing world champion Keith McLachlan defeated Aaron O’Callaghan of Ireland in his first fight of 2016.
The 36-year-old won the 59.8kg-class clash inside five rounds at the ON-X arena in Linwood, Paisley, on March 26.
In what was McLachlan’s 26th victory of his career, the coach at Maryhill’s Griphouse gym felt it wasn’t his best performance inside the ring.
He was knocked to the floor in the opening round by a strong punch by O’Callaghan but managed to recover.
McLachlan threw his opponent to the canvas on two occasions in the second round and pulled off strong and accurate punches on O Callaghan in the third.
The Irishman was clinging to the ropes on occasions as McLachlan started to get the better of him and the Croftfoot man was named the winner following a successful final two rounds.
Speaking to the Reformer this week, McLachlan said:“I’m very happy with the win but I thought it was going to be a lot harder. It was a fight that I had been looking forward to for a long time and it turned out to be
McLachlan added:“It was not my best performance and the canvas was very slippery which affected my countering and trying to get some offence going at times. “It actually affected both of us. “I spoke to Aaron afterwards and we were both saying it wasn’t giving you confidence when you went to throw anything.
“I can’t complain though because I’ve got the result.
“If you had a look at a WBC fight report then it probably looked like a close fight but I did more than enough to win it. I landed more clean punches.”
“Aaron was clinging to the ropes at times because I was getting the better of him when I was trying to make a sweep.
“Aaron was only doing what you would naturally do to try and stay on your feet.”
McLachlan’s next fight will be against Bruno Almeida from Portugal on June 25 in Wigan were he will hope to secure his seventh victory in a row.
26th win McLaclan celebrates
McLachlan shows his joy