DAVID Dolan says he will take time to consider his future over the next few days before deciding whether or not to quit boxing.
The 33-year-old cut a disconsolate figure at the Rainton Meadows Arena last night after failing to take the British cruiserweight crown from Jon Lewis Dickinson over 12 bruising rounds.
It was the second time he had lost to Dickinson, having been beaten on points for a Northern Area cruiserweight title by the 26-year-old two years ago.
Dolan told the Echo: “I don’t want to make an immediate decision. I’m just going to go away for a few days, watch the video a few times and decide what I make of it.
“Immediately afterwards, I didn’t feel I’d fought a good fight.
“I kept getting caught by silly punches and I’m really disappointed in my own mind that I didn’t do better.
“But sometimes straight after a fight is not the time to judge, so I’ll not decide anything right now.”
Dolan could be pleased at the durability he showed on the night – wobbling badly in the eight before surviving a ferocious assault from Dickinson to see the round and the contest out.
But he felt that overall he needed to be sharper.
He said: “Jon’s a good fighter but his last few fights have been title fights while mine have been a couple of warm-ups and I think it showed on the night – he was that little bit sharper than me at every turn.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me but he’s a good lad and I wish him all the best.”
The victorious Dickinson said: “I was pleased with the fight. It was a hard fight but good a experience.
“I almost had him out earlier on but it wasn’t to be. I thought my boxing for the most part was spot on.
“It was billed as a local derby between Sunderland and Newcastle but it wasn’t really – it was just between two men boxing each other and giving it their best shot.”