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Boxing: McBride weighs up ring future

By David Kelly

Published 10/10/2007

Kevin McBride may be on the brink of hanging up his gloves.

Manager Jerry Quinn says he has some serious soul searching to do following Saturday's defeat at the hands of 39-year-old Andrew Golota in Madison Square Garden.

Boston-based McBride flew out of New York for a week's holiday in Florida and Quinn said no decision would be reached until his return.

"We're naturally disappointed that we didn't win," Quinn said. "This was a suck-it-and-see fight and we'd made no plans beyond it, so we don't know what we're going to do.

"Kevin will make up his own mind about things and we'll sit down and talk when he returns to Boston next week but I know I did everything I possibly could for the fight."

This was McBride's second defeat in a row in his third fight since ending Tyson's career in Washington DC two years ago.

McBride had a nasty cut over his left eye and questioned the stoppage by referee Arthur Mercante.

``No, I didn't think the ref should have stopped it but I was having trouble seeing out of my eye," he said.

Manager Quinn, though, said: "His eye was getting closed, he couldn't see out of it, and it should have been stopped.

"The bottom line is the boxer himself and so the right decision was to stop the fight."

Meanwhile, Matthew Macklin will box John Duddy's last opponent, Alessio Furlan on October 20 at the National Stadium in Dublin.

Furlan went ten rounds with Duddy before being stopped with half-a-minute remaining.

Former British title challenger Macklin has been mooted as a future opponent for Duddy, who headlines the bill.

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