BOXING: ROBIN Reid is feeling the psychological effects of his defeat to Jeff 'Left Hook' Lacy in Florida more than any physical pain.
But early indications are the 34-year-old will fight on, having being knocked down and stopped for the first time in his career at the St Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay.
Reid's long-time trainer Brian Hughes pulled the Runcorn challenger out of the IBF world super-middleweight championship contest at the end of the seventh round.
The boxer had just picked himself off the canvas for a fourth time against the young American, who won the third defence of his title on a technical knockout.
After the defeat, in the early hours of Sunday, doubts were being cast over the former WBC champion's future in the ring.
But in the immediate aftermath, Reid was saying he expected to continue.
Back home in Sutton Park, after being at ringside, his mum Lyn said on Tuesday: 'I have just told him to go and have a good rest over the next three weeks and we will sit down and plan the future after that.
'But the impression Rob gave me is that he did want to carry on.
'That's a decision I can't make for him and one I wouldn't want.
'It is something he needs to talk to Brian about.'
Mrs Reid added: 'Rob is fine. He was hurt and had a big dent to his pride.
'Physically, I have seen him coming off a win with worse injuries.
'There were no physical injuries whatsoever, there really weren't. I have been there when he could hardly speak the next day because his lip was that swollen or when his eye's been almost shut.
'Psychologically, he will need to bring himself back together.
'We are talking from being 11 to 34 - a 23-year period - he has never been stopped and it is a big thing to deal with.'
It was the first time in 44 professional bouts Reid had been floored and as the towel was thrown in by his corner, he felt he could have fought on.
He said: 'The punches that he was catching me with were decent punches, there's no doubt about that, but I was looking to carry on. I could have gone on.
'I don't think the fight should have been stopped. I admit I took a few shots but I caught him with some good shots as well and a couple of them hurt him.'
Reid has since had time to come to terms with defeat.
His mum added: 'No, he didn't disagree with Brian or blame him for doing it one bit.'
Lacy is now poised to meet WBO champion Joe Calzaghe in a unification fight on British soil on November 5.
But firstly, the Welshman must defend his crown for a record 17th time in September.