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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Clottey's trainer is to blame for his defeat - Azumah Nelson

Ghanaian Boxing Legend Azumah Nelson says the trainer of Joshua Clottey is to blame for the Former IBF Welterweight Champion’s defeat to Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight bout Saturday morning.

The 32 year old lost by a unanimous decision to the Philipino having fought on the defensive almost throughout the bout.

The Ghanaian pugilist showed promise on a few occasions as he sent powerful body shots to the body of Pacquiao, but failed to vary his tactics in order to knock down his opponent.

Speaking to Citi News, Azumah Nelson said Clottey’s trainer, Lenny de Jesus, failed to send out clear cut instructions to Clottey on how to beat his opponent.

“The corner has to tell him what he is supposed to do...he had to tell him you are losing the fight, you are losing all the rounds, go in and fight...I believe if Joshua had such a thing the fight would have changed.” He said

Lenny de Jesus, who used to work as cut man for Pacquiao, was only given the job after Clottey’s Ghanaian trainer was initially denied an American Visa ahead of the bout at the Cow Boys Stadium.

Meanwhile sources say Clottey earned $1.2 million dollars for facing Pacquiao. It is his highest pay check in his career while Pacquiao stands to gain more than $12 million dollars.

The three judges all scored in favour of Pacquiao. Duane Ford had it 120-108, Levi Martinez, 119-109, and, Nelson Vazquez, 119-109, all for Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

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