Muay Thai champ to keep on fight­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

World cham­pion and Croft­foot Muay Thai fighter Keith McLach­lan has got his mojo back and has vowed to keep on fight­ing.

The 37-year-old re­vealed ear­lier this year he was con­sid­er­ing calling it a day from the mar­tial art sport and fo­cus on coach­ing at his Grip­house Gym on Glas­gow’s Pos­sil Road.

But since win­ning his lat­est bout against Spa­niard Isaac Araya, Keith has re­vealed he is set to fight three more times be­fore the end of 2017.

He said:“You just get a good feel­ing when you win and when you do, peo­ple come knock­ing on the door and want to line up an­other fight.

“I’ve ob­vi­ously looked at re­tir­ing fairly soon. I en­joy it, I al­ways have.

“I’ve got a few more booked and should have three lined up be­fore the end of the year.”

Keith ad­mit­ted he is still re­cov­er­ing from in­juries he suf­fered from the Araya fight in New­cas­tle on April 8.

The Span­ish hard­man may have been small in stature but he dealt Keith strong kicks to the legs in the open­ing rounds. Strong punches to the face got Keith back into the bout and an el­bow to the head in the sec­ond round proved cru­cial.

A sold-out crowd watched as both men scrapped for ev­ery point but the Croft­foot man held his nerve to take the fight over­all.

Still nurs­ing the knocks suf­fered on the night, Keith joked: “He started by try­ing to break my leg off.

“It was very tough. He was a tough wee guy. I didn’t know much about him be­cause I don’t tend to look up my op­po­nents be­fore I fight them.

“I hit him with an el­bow in the sec­ond round and I won that and the third I reckon. He maybe edged the fourth but I took the fifth. I had sore legs af­ter it though.

“It was a sold-out show and I sold about 40 tick­ets for it, so it was good.”

Keith has not yet con­firmed the date of his next fight but his sons, Corey and Reece, are due to step into the ring to fight for and de­fend their Bri­tish ti­tles.

Keith was due to fight Jor­dan Coe in June be­fore he trag­i­cally died last month. Jor­dan, 22, who had lived in Thai­land for the past three years, was found by po­lice af­ter he is be­lieved to have suf­fered a heatstroke .

It is claimed he tried to cut weight by train­ing in a heavy sweat­suit in tem­per­a­tures reach­ing a high of 37C.

Tri­umph Keith McLach­lan

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