THE FAMILY THAT FIGHTS
Croftfoot trio takes the Muay Thai world by storm
Families tend to fight sometimes but for a Croftfoot trio, it is all about travelling the globe together and bringing home world titles.
Keith McLachlan and his two sons are set to fly to America and Tokyo next month to defend and challenge for their Muay Thai belts.
The world champion’s 14- year- old boy, Corey, currently holds the CCC and ICO world titles and will be fighting Corey Hines from Arizona for the Siam Junior belt in the USA on September 2.
The St Margaret Mary’s Secondary School pupil, who will be fighting at the 48kg weight class, fought on the same show last year but Keith felt he was harshly dealt with by the judges.
His brother Reece of John Paul’s Primary in Castlemilk, will also join him at the 30kg weight class and will be competing in his first world title fight.
“Corey has been training for nine years and Reece has been doing it for five or six,” Keith told the Reformer. “It’s the biggest fights they’ve had so far.
“Both boys are up against it because they’re fighting home fighters. But it’s a good opportunity for them to fight and go and experience it on the other side of the world.
“Corey is going for his third world title and already holds two due to there being a few different associations.
“He’s up against Corey Hines from Arizona. We don’t know much about him but Corey is looking forward to it. He trains about five or six times a week.”
Keith added: “Reece is in his first world title fight against Tabarangao but he currently holds an awakening European title.”
And after Keith travels to Arizona with his talented sons, he will then fly solo out to Japan in search of another global title on September 17.
The 37 year old, who runs the Griphouse Gym on Glasgow’s Possil Road, will go toe-to-toe with Tokyo’s Genjiuemno who is the current WBC champion.
Keith has been the UK number one for over two years and is also looking for the 27th victory of his career.
He won the WBC International title at the end of March which led to him being ranked 10th in the WBC world rankings.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to it, I can’t wait. It’s quite a big month for us all.
“We’re always working hard. It’s great to spend so much time together.
“I don’t think there are many families who spend that much time together fighting.”
Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
Fighting Family Keith McLachlan with his sons Corey and Reece