'This won't stop me' - Eric Kelly speaks out after loss to Boku
“I won’t throw in the towel that easy. This will not stop me" - Eric Kelly
Saturday night was supposed to be Eric Kelly's night of redemption.
Over a year on the shelf and coming off back to back losses, the Filipino mixed martial arts legend faced off against an older former champion in Kotetsu Boku, and got off to a fantastic start, dropping the Japanese brawler and dominating the first round.
Everything went downhill from there.
Seemingly gassing himself out in the opening stanza, Kelly faded, while Boku appeared to be as fresh as he was in the first round and picked Kelly apart en route to a third round TKO win.
“I really feel disappointed with what happened. I was really prepared for my bout against Kotetsu Boku, but there are things that it’s beyond our control.” Kelly said.
"Naubusan sa dulo eh." Kelly's cornerman Allen Gonzales said, attributing the last two rounds of the match to exhaustion.
As for his well-being, Kelly confirms that there's nothing to worry about.
“I am fine and no harm done. But I cannot deny that I am disappointed. I have to accept the outcome. It is a hard lesson for me, but I will be back as an improved and better fighter.”
With regards to what's next for the 35-year old Pinoy, who falls to 12-4 in his career and looking at three consecutive defeates, he says that he'll be taking some time off, but will be back soon.
“Right now I need some little time for myself and think about what happened, but it won’t be long because I want to get back inside the cage and redeem myself. Winning and fighting again will motivate me.”