BANGKOK (AP) — A Scottish kickboxer has died after an apparent attempt to lose weight in preparation for a fight in Thailand.
Police Capt. Prachakorn Promduang said the body of 21-year-old Jordan Coe was discovered Sunday morning clad in multiple layers of clothing. He had been 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) over the weight class limit for a Sunday night fight in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, and was last seen Saturday morning headed out from a resort there for a workout.
Prachakorn said Coe had been trying to meet the weight limit for the fight, and that preliminary autopsy results showed heatstroke was the cause of death.
In a practice considered risky to their health, boxers seeking to meet a weight limit ahead of a fight often try to lose as much water as possible through sweating.
Jordan had spent around three years in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, where he trained in the sport of kickboxing, also known as Muay Thai.
"Loving the constant fighting each month," Jordan said in a final Facebook post last Thursday promoting his scheduled fight.