You don't know what it's like - It was me against Ghana - Mullings
Sakima Mullings said his defeat against Frederick Lawson for the vacant WBC international silver title in Ghana on March 12 was the result of a number of factors he faced during his trip to Africa.
The Jamaica welterweight champion said he travelled to Ghana alone and did not have time to acclimatise to African night heat, which also played a major role in his loss.
"I had to compromise a lot of things to accept that opportunity of going to Africa. I went by myself with no management, no promoter, no corner, no trainer. It was one man against the nation," he told STAR Sports.
Despite the disadvantages, Mullings said he was confident of a knockout victory. Based on reports, he fought 12 scintillating rounds against the Ghanian at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra on Sunday, March 12, but lost by a majority decision, though it ended in a tie on one score card.
"After the promoter told me they were having financial difficulties, I made the decision to go by myself. I was confident I could go and win, otherwise I wouldn't accept the fight under those conditions," he said.
"I had no opportunity to acclimatise. I reached Ghana on Thursday, weighed in on Friday and fought on Saturday, and I was ignorant because Jamaica is hot and Ghana is hot. Jamaica is at sea level and Ghana is at sea level. But I wasn't aware it was so hot at nights, it was stifling heat," he added.
According to one boxing source, the top rated Jamaican boxer had problems securing a transit visa to London. It would have cost the promoters too much to transport him and his team via Panama and the Netherlands.
However, Mullings said it was a win-win opportunity for him so he went alone.
"It was a great opportunity to go to Accra to fight for a prestigious title on a world stage in a big fight, with no help from management and no help from promotions. I don't make any excuses for losing the fight. Even though I went by myself, I was confident I had the talent and ability to win," he said.
"I fought a great fight, a competitive fight. Many people in the arena thought that I won. They thought I was the aggressor and I opened a lot of eyes, so sometimes even when you lose sometimes, you win..
"I knew that not having that fight at home, if I don't win by a knockout I don't win the fight, so I prepared myself emotionally and mentally, and the game plan wasn't to go there and win a decision. The game plan was to knock him out."