Nathan Cleverly will consider his future in the sport over the next couple of weeks after defeat to Sergey Kovalev on Saturday in Cardiff, where he lost his WBO light-heavyweight title.
Punters who bet on boxing were surprised when the Welshman was stopped in the fourth round in his fifth defence of his belt against the unbeaten Russian. It was Cleverly’s first professional defeat in 27 fights and has left him with a big decision to make about his career.
There is an offer on the table for the 26-year old to join up with Freddie Roach in America at his Los Angeles base. The legendary-trainer helped Amir Khan to get his career back on track after the man from Bolton was floored by Bredis Prescott in the early stages of his career.
Cleverly was not the only man to lose his belt on Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena, all three title fights were won by the challenger as sports betting markets were turned upside down.
Earlier in the night, local-favourite Enzo Maccarinelli stopped the Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Ovill McKenzie.
The win could now land the 33-year another world title fight in the near future. It also avenged his defeat to McKenzie last November where the fight was controversially stopped in the second round.
Stephen Smith was the third new champion of the night in Cardiff when he knocked out Gary Buckland. The Liverpool-born boxer was stepping up to super-featherweight but had no problems against the bigger man.
Smith was able to use his speed and ring-craft to his advantage and found the winning punch in the fifth round to secure the victory.
The Brit has now been champion at two weights and could be set to fight Gary Sykes in the near future in a big domestic bout.