Audley Harrison will take time to consider his future before announcing his retirement
Last Updated: 15/10/12 1:46pm
Audley Harrison: Delaying a retirement decision despite Saturday's brutal defeat
Audley Harrison has said he will consider his options before announcing his retirement from boxing.
In a statement released on Monday, 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."