Nathan Cleverly lost his first professional fight last week, being stripped of his WBO Light heavyweight title by Russian Sergey Kovalev.

The loss has been a lot to digest for Cleverly as he was looking to progress to bigger fights within his weight class.

The Welshman was eyeing a potential clash with former pound for pound king and current IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins.

The loss to Kovalev has left Cleverly in a spiral of thoughts about his presence in the sport and whether he should carry on fighting for a profession.

Having two fights in the space of just five months has left Cleverly feeling like a robot, he told Boxing News: "I've had two fights in a row now and I haven't really had a break and bounced straight back into this one - and it's been a long training camp.

"I need to see what my desire is, if I want to continue. Am I going to stay at light-heavy? Will I continue boxing? Do I want to find something else to do in life? It's a matter of having a break and letting my inclinations guide me."

He added: "What's my gut instinct now? Just live a bit. Live a bit for a couple of months with friends, with family, have a few drinks, have a bit of junk food, have a few nights out, go on holiday."

However the former world champion is only 26, which for the sport of boxing is still a young age.

Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell made his professional debut at 25 and Bernard Hopkins is still at the top of the game at 48.

Cleverly has age on his side, all that he needs is well earned time out, and I am sure many boxing fans would agree that if he did hang up the gloves it would be a premature retirement and a real blow to the sport as a whole.

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