Harrison ponders future after Price knockout

Audley Harrison has said he will consider his options before announcing his retirement from boxing.

In a statement, the 40-year-old revealed he would take time to consider his future following his brutal first-round loss to David Price at the weekend.

“I’ll take some time to think this out, as I never want to come back to boxing once I’ve walked away.”

In what Harrison called his ‘last-chance saloon’, the former Olympic champion was knocked unconscious by the Liverpudlian and ended up in hospital with a broken nose.

However, he will not be rushed into bringing the curtain down on a professional career that promised more than it delivered.

“I said I had prepared very well for this bout and it showed…I was in great shape and went out there with no fear, believing I could win it,” he said.

“My whole game plan was about avoiding his right, so to get lined up like that is a disappointment for me. Father time has caught up with me, as I didn’t see the initial shot, so could not react.

“He finished me off like a good pro, so I have no complaints. I have a broken nose for my troubles, so I didn’t get away scot free.

“I have said when I turn up to win, and lose to nothing other than ability, I will know my time is up, so this could be my last bout. I’ll take some time to think this out, as I never want to come back to boxing once I’ve walked away.

“If it’s to end here, what a ride it’s been and I’m grateful to the universe for allowing me to find my destiny and walk the precarious road my way.”

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