World champ stunned by fighter’s shock death

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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