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Scottish Muay Thai boxer dies during exercise to reduce weight for fight with Cambodian boxer in Korat

A Scottish “Muay Thai” boxer trained in Thailand’s boxing camp in Ubon Ratchathani province died Saturday from heatstroke while doing his exercise at noon.

The Scottish Muay Thai boxer Jordan Donald, 21, was scheduled to fight a Cambodian boxer on Sunday night in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) and was expected to return to Scotland in the summer to fight at the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy.

Jordan or known by Thai boxing fans as “Jom Serng” (I-sarn dancing king) trained at Lam Nam Moon boxing camp in Ubon Ratchathani was found dead in a heavy tracksuit yesterday.

His Thai trainer Kritchai Kritnok told Po Klang police in Korat that Jordan went to exercise in a heavy suit on Saturday in bid to reduce his weight by three kilogrammes to 61 kilogrammes to prepare for Sunday fight in Korat.

However he disappeared and couldn’t be found throughout the night.

He was later found dead the next morning, believed to be died from heatstroke.

Police said however that his body was sent to Maharaj hospital for autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

But initially police and his trainer said heatstroke might be a strong possible cause.

His trainer Krit said Jordan was well-known as Jom Serng as he always would perform I-sarn traditional dance and blow “Kan” bamboo musical instrument before each Muay Thai fight.

He had fought in Muay Thai for over 70 times, the Thai camp manager Kukrit Kamolrit said.

According to The Guardian, he was found dead in a heavy tracksuit and is believed to have been trying to reach a certain weight for a professional fight.

The boxer, from Maddiston, Falkirk, was a professional Muay Thai boxer and trained at a gym in Glasgow before moving to Thailand.

Craig Floan, his  coach at Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy, said he was found dead on Sunday and that it is believed he died from heatstroke.

Police said however that his body was sent to Maharaj hospital for autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

But initially police and his trainer said heatstroke might be a strong possible cause.

His trainer Krit said Jordan was well-known as Jom Serng as he always would perform I-sarn traditional dance and blow “Kan” bamboo musical instrument before each Muay Thai fight.

He had fought in Muay Thai for over 70 times, the Thai camp manager Kukrit Kamolrit said.

According to The Guardian, he was found dead in a heavy tracksuit and is believed to have been trying to reach a certain weight for a professional fight.

The boxer, from Maddiston, Falkirk, was a professional Muay Thai boxer and trained at a gym in Glasgow before moving to Thailand.

Craig Floan, his  coach at Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy, said he was found dead on Sunday and that it is believed he died from heatstroke.

“He moved to Thailand to chase his dream of becoming a professional after being with me for three and a half years,” he said.

“We’ve set up a fundraiser for him and I’m now trying to help raise enough money to bring him home.”

Coe trained at Carnage Muay Thai Gym in Grangemouth in east Stirlingshire, but moved to Ubon Ratchathani in southeastern Thailand to pursue his Muay Thai boxing career.

He had been scheduled to fight a Cambodian boxer in the Muang district on Sunday night and was expected to return to Scotland in the summer to fight at the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are providing assistance to the family of a British national following his death in Thailand. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

Thai PBS

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