John McPhail Has Passed Away
By Mike LNg
Sadly, John McPhail, long time trainer at La Puente Muay Thai passed away Saturday night in his sleep. John McPhail was known in internet circles under his pseudonym the “Flame”. And he chose the name correctly. The ‘Flame’ was an appropriate name not because McPhail was an especially fiery personality or a quick tempered person but because his heart truly did burn with sincerity for the love of Muay Thai. In many ways John was actually more like the “breeze” for his calm and gentlemanly demeanor.
I first met John At the height of Super League’s days in Europe. At the time John McPhail had Malaipet as a member of his team and Malaipet was truly at the height of his international powers putting on virtual Muay Thai clinics in his clashes in Europe. John surprised me amid all the trash talking before Malaipet was to fight Patrick Erikson he had none to offer. John offered only assurances that Malaipet would do well and that he wasn’t worried. True to his prediction Malaipet pulled a decision win out.
I won’t say John was the biggest, or best of anything but instead I will say that he was a good guy for Muay Thai. And our sport lost a good guy and a gentleman for Muay Thai. Rest in peace John and thanks for giving so much to the sport.