Harrington Park boxer and former middleweight world champion Daniel Geale is weighing up his future following Friday’s shock loss to compatriot Renold Quinlan.
“At this stage I’ll take a few days to gather my thoughts and just spend time with my family” Geale said to the Advertiser on Monday.
“I have had heaps of good support.”
Geale said he had a “little lapse” in concentration when a stunning left hook from Quinlan, 27, felled him 74 seconds in to the second round.
He hit the canvas and managed to stumble to his feet, but referee Gary Ingraham swiftly stopped the IBO super middleweight world title fight at the Silverdome in Launceston.
“I was just getting in to the fight, I started to get away (from Renold),” Geale said.
“Sometimes you get caught. It is very frustrating because I had a plan. I wanted to be smart. I knew he would come out hard early … I had a little lapse of concentration.”
Quinlan’s camp celebrated wildly as he claimed the vacant world title while Geale received medical treatment and the commiserations of wife Sheena and father Wayne.
Eventually, the 35-year-old father-of-four regained his feet, embraced Quinlan and even posed for pictures.
Quinlan maintained the respect he showed at the pre-fight formalities, restraining his obvious delight long enough to check on the welfare of a fighter he grew up idolising.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I worked hard for this but I really did not enjoy the circumstances.”
Geale and Quinlan took to the ring 45 minutes later than scheduled after a packed and pulsating undercard had kept the crowd entertained.
The pair entered to the usual blasting rock music, Geale looking sufficiently relaxed to join in the singing of Advance Australia Fair.
Sporting a large green ribbon on his shorts signifying his support for Lymphoma Australia, Geale landed a strong left jab midway through the opening round but Quinlan was quick to hit back.
The fight seemed to be evenly matched before Quinlan landed the punch that changed everything.
Quinlan has only fought 12 times since turning professional in 2008 and Geale represented a marked step up in class, however the 27-year-old earned his third consecutive stoppage win since being outpointed by Jake Carr in December 2014.
Geale has now lost four of his last six fights, including three high-profile losses in the US, denting a pro career that had previously seen just one defeat in 26.
Geale thanked his army of Tasmanian supporters after his long-awaited boxing home-coming.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed,” the Launceston-born fighter told the Silverdome crowd.
“I want to thank everybody from Tasmania and especially Launceston that came out. You are absolute legends.
“You are awesome. I love coming back to Tasmania, it’s the best place in the world.
“I got caught, that happens in boxing. I’ve been in the ring with some of the toughest fighters in the world and I’m still here and looking forward to whatever comes next.
“I’m sorry it did not turn out the way we wanted it to. That’s life, that’s boxing. I just got caught with a punch and I should not have. I was blindsided.”