Amir Khan has admitted he may now retire from boxing following his loss to Kell Brook on Saturday night.
The bitter rivals finally settled their feud in the ring and showed respect after the finish as Brook earned a statement stoppage.
Bizarrely, the start of the long-awaited fight was delayed a further 15 minutes by a backstage argument as Khan’s team contested their opponent’s gloves.
In notable scenes, Brook did his walk and then changed his gloves in the ring before the first bell.
When he finally got started, the fight started off with a wild opener as Khan threw a few searing combinations at his rival, but was then badly injured and staggered around the ring.
This pattern continued into the next round as Khan was also knocked out in rounds three, four and five, before Brook forced a stoppage in round six.
“I just couldn’t get it to start,” Khan said in his post-fight backstage interview.
“With no disrespect to Kell Brook, he put in a great performance, did everything he needed to.
“He was the better man tonight.
“I had a great training camp, but I couldn’t get started.
“I missed him a lot. Kell was on his A-game, all due respect.
When asked if he could now retire, Khan said: “40 fights is a lot of fights.
“Winning two world titles, fighting in America and around the world.
“I have to sit with my family, but I think it’s more towards the end of my career now.
“That love for the sport is not there like it used to be.
“I had that excitement and that push. I just didn’t have it in me, I felt pretty flat.
“I think maybe it’s a sign for me to know that I should call it a day, but let’s see.
“I’ll go back and watch the video.”