Super-middleweight James DeGale admitted he will consider his future after a disappointing performance against Chris Eubank Jr, Sky Sports report.
The 2008 Olympic champion suffered a unanimous points decision defeat to Eubank Jr at The O2 Arena on Saturday night, with the scores reading 114-112, 115-112 and 117-109.
Eubank Jr, who has suffered defeats to George Groves and Billy Joe Saunders during his 30 fights as a professional, was on the front foot from the start and floored DeGale twice during the bout.
The defeat was DeGale’s third of his career, with the 33-year-old hinting at retirement before the fight if he was defeated in London.
And talking shortly after the defeat, a deflated DeGale said:
I left my mark in boxing. I’ve done everything – Olympic gold, two world titles.
Chris performed well, tough, strong. He’s a good prospect.
I just didn’t do enough. When you’re in there and you’ve got someone like Chris on you, throwing a lot of wild punches and punches you don’t even see that clipped me and dropped me. But I’m going to have to go back and watch it, but listen, I didn’t do enough, he was nicking the rounds.
The 33-year-old was then asked about if he would retire, to which he replied:
I’m going to go back, talk to my team, talk to my family, but pretty sure.
Like I say, I’ve been to the heights of boxing, done everything, boxed the best around the world.
Olympic gold, made history. I’m the history man, I’ve left my mark in boxing, if I call it a day now.
With DeGale admitting after he feels he has done enough inside the ring, the Brit, who began his professional career in 2009, may well announce his retirement from the ring in the coming days.