Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Tagoe has said that he fought against Ryan Garcia despite carrying a shoulder injury.
According to the lightweight pugilist, this made him unable to use his right hand to box during the fight.
The 33-year-old was given a real beating by the American boxer, who romped to victory by unanimous decision.
Tagoe was the underdog going into last Saturday’s lightweight bout in San Antonio and he rarely made an impression against his opponent.
Garcia completely dominated the bout and knocked down the Ghanaian twice en route to securing a convincing win.
On his return to Ghana on Tuesday, the boxer who is popularly known as Game Boy said he sustained an injury prior to the fight.
He explained that the injury prevented him from throwing his right hand and that affected him during the fight.
“Those who really know me could see that I didn’t throw my right hand despite being the hand which I usually throw in bouts.
“I had a shoulder injury in training the more reason I was unable to throw my right hand,” he said, as quoted by Primenewsghana.
Meanwhile, Tagoe is reported to have earned around $200,000 despite losing to Garcia in addition to 30% of the money accrued from PPV.