THE FAM­ILY THAT FIGHTS

Croft­foot trio takes the Muay Thai world by storm

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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