World champ stunned by fighter’s shock death
A Croftfoot man believes the sport of Muay Thai can learn from recent tragic circumstances after a fellow fighter died while trying to shed weight for his next bout.
World champion Keith McLachlan paid tribute to Jordan Donald, also known as Jordan Coe, who passed away before the pair were due to fight each other later this year.
Jordan, 22, who had lived in Thailand for the past three years, was found by police in the Muang district of the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima last month.
He is believed to have suffered a heatstroke as he tried to cut weight from training in a heavy sweatsuit in temperatures reaching a high of 37 degrees Celsius.
The process known as weight cutting is the method of rapid weight loss in the hours before a fight.
Fighters want to qualify for as low a weight division as possible so they can gain a size and strength advantage over their opponent.
They do this by using various methods to extract as much water from their body as possible.
Keith, who stays in Croftfoot and runs the Griphouse gym in Glasgow, was stunned to hear of the fighter’s passing but reiterated that nobody under the age of 18 should be shedding weight as dramatically as Jordan did.
He said: “To cut weight like that is perfectly normal but some do it more drastically than others.
“Sometimes it’s not healthy. Some people will cut 10 per cent of water out, which can be quite drastic but it’s not dangerous as such.
“The one thing I would say is that you can’t cut water for four days. You can’t even live without it for three days.
“Everybody does it to make their weight but for kids it’s a no go. For anybody under 18, they should be dropping weight through their diet. It’s about cutting the carbs out of your diet and you can lose a few kilos from doing that.
“It’s all about the science and understanding of it.
“It ’s a t ra gi c set of circumstances. They say it was heatstroke, but whatever it was, he knew what he was doing.”
Keith was due to fight Jordan in June and has known the Falkirk lad since he was a youngster.
His fighters at the Griphouse gym have been discussing how they will pay tribute to Jordan but have all pledged money to the Just Giving page to bring his body home to Scotland.
“I’d known him for a long time,” Keith said. “He was a nice guy, a respectable young man with a love for Muay Thai.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard. I’m still very much in shock
“We had a couple of fighters who fought him under the junior weight divisions so we watched him growing up.
“You don’t realise it until something like this happens and see how many people he touched.
“But I think, if you were to ask him if he’d change anything, I don’t think he’d say he would. He lived for the sport.”
Tragic death Jordan Coe was set to fight Keith in June
Paying tribute Keith McLachlan in action