Sunday, 19 November 2017
Nelson blames bad weather for defeat

Nelson blames bad weather for defeat

By Kenneth O. ADADE
UK born Ghanaian Mixed Martial Art (MMA) athlete, Theo Nelson has blamed his defeat to Isaac Commey a fortnight ago in Ghana to the weather and poor air-condition at the sports hall.

He said “fighting in Ghana at the hottest time of the year was never going to be easy. Doctor said my oxygen dropped to below average levels as I didn't acclimatise well, as me and my team only landed in Ghana a few days before the fight. Not to mention the broken air conditioning systems in the sports hall we were fighting in.
He made this known in an open letter written days after his arrival in the UK last week.
He stated in the letter that he controlled the majority of the first round and then rapidly started to fade towards the end. In the beginning of the second round his tank was completely empty, body exhausted and Commey started to take over before his coach threw in the towel.
“So much went wrong before the fight but well these things happen and it is all a learning curve. I don’t want to take anything away from Commey as I believe he put up a great performance.
“I wish him all the best and I'm sure we'll meet again for a part two sometime in the near future under better conditions, the MMA athlete noted in his letter.
He also added that fighting in Ghana meant the world to him and that was a dream come true. Although he and his team didn't get the result they wanted adding “its been a truly amazing experience. I couldn't thank the Ghanaian people enough for the way they have welcomed and received me but I look forward to doing it again sometime in the future.
His trainer, Alan Philpott said they were not going to give excuses for the defeat but “when the locals were even saying it's very warm, then you can only imagine how we felt”.
“Having to stop TJ’s fight was very hard but seeing how exhausted he was I had no option. His oxygen levels dropped fast and he had to be taken to hospital by an ambulance,” he said.
He again mentioned that “a few things went against us and if we get to the chance to come back there will definitely be some major changes. Well done to Isaac he put up a great fight. Now he's open for a rematch in the UK let us try and get it sorted”.

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