Mensah’s defeat blamed on change of management

Ofori Asare

Ofori Asare

Coach Ofori Asare, former trainer of Raphael Mensah, has said the boxer’s failed attempt at annexing the World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight title, was due to the sudden change of management by the boxer.

He said it is very difficult for a boxer to win a bout of that magnitude, when he decides to change his management, coaches and entire camp, weeks to the ‘big fight’.

“Mensah has himself to blame for the defeat. No boxer does that especially when the fight is just about some few weeks away,” the Black Bombers coach said.

Mensah on Saturday suffered a unanimous points decision loss against Pueto Rican champion, Alberto Machado at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, the same venue Abner Mares defeated former Ghanaian world champion, Joseph Agbeko.

“Mensah had only himself to blame for the defeat, after he ditched his camp (Land Mark Promotions), a group he had worked with  for eight years, for the United States of America (USA) based Don King Promotions, few days before the bout,” coach Asare told the GNA Sports in an interview.

He said the boxer was obviously not well psyched up for the fight following his sudden decision to change management, ahead of the fight.

Mensah lost an opportunity to win the WBA title on Saturday, after he was handed a 12 round unanimous defeat by his Puerto Rican opponent, with all the three judges scoring it 120-107 against him.

According to coach Asare, there were different stages and types of preparation a boxer had to do through before such a big fight and Mensah, failed to prepare psychologically for the fight – the most important aspect of preparation for fights.

“When a boxer has been with a certain camp for these number of years, his coaches and managers have a way of life, a custom, a training method that best suits him but Mensah swapped all these for a new camp and coach that is why he lost” he said.

He sees Mensah as a great boxer with the potential to come back from the defeat.

However, he would have to reunite with his old camp and his trainers that helped him get to the number one spot, which provided him the opportunity to fight for the world title.

Coach Asare called on the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) to play an intermediary role in making sure Raphael Mensah and is former camp, settle their differences and get back to winning ways, adding that; “this should be an example to other upcoming boxers, not to ditch their camps for others on the words and promises of people.

Coach Asare trained Raphael Mensah from the amateur level to the professional level, where he left the boxer to another trainer.-GNA

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