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Harrison talks retirement after Price defeat

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Audley Harrison was left with a broken nose after his first-round knockout defeat by David Price © PA Photos
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Audley Harrison is considering the prospect of retiring from boxing in the wake of his first-round defeat to David Price on Saturday night.

The former Olympic heavyweight champion was left with a broken nose and concussion after being knocked out inside 82 seconds by British and Commonwealth champion Price, 11 years his junior, at Liverpool's Capital FM Arena.

Harrison had declared the fight his 'last chance saloon' in the build-up and now accepts that the manner of the defeat, coupled with his tame loss to David Haye in 2011, may spell the end of his professional career.

The 40-year-old refused to announce his retirement immediately, however, saying in a statement that he will take his time before reaching a decision on his future.

"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," Harrison 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 Scott 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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