VAUXHALL ABC'S Nick Mac-Donald is considering his future in boxing after his bid for Commonwealth Games glory suffered a devastating knockout blow.
The 22-year-old bantamweight had been heavily tipped to secure a medal in the 54Kg division after claiming a record-equalling 10th national title at the end of last year.
But after receiving a walkover into the second preliminary round on Monday the Vauxhall ABC star was comprehensively defeated by South Africa's Bongani 'Wonder Boy' Mahlangu.
Speaking to the Pioneer from Melbourne, a dejected MacDonald said: 'I'm very disappointed. Now I just want to go home and consider my future in consultation with Terry Edwards (team England boxing coach and high performance director of the ABA of England).'
Despite making a promising start in which two superb jabs forced Mahlangu to the canvas, MacDonald struggled against a taller, faster southpaw and by the end of the contest he was well beaten by a scorecard of 19-11.
The defeat follows a disjointed build-up to the Commonwealth Games for the man flying the flag for Ellesmere Port, who added: 'I've had the flu and a chest infection so I haven't been able to have any fights for three months. But I didn't perform as well as I should have done.'
Last night Vauxhall ABC secretary John Smurthwaite spoke to MacDonald following the post-match comments that have cast doubt over his future.
After what he described as a 'positive chat' Smurthwaite is hopeful that given time MacDonald will continue to represent the club.
He said: 'After losing on Monday he was totally gutted. He's a bit better today and he's thinking more logically.
'He said he could have done with an easier fight to start off with because he hasn't boxed for three months and he felt he was below his usual high standards.'
The Vauxhall ABC Supremo stayed up into the early hours of Monday morning to watch his star attraction in action and although he believes MacDonald has much more to offer, he wants the youngster to do what is best for him.
He explained: 'Had he won a medal it would have been massive for both him and the club. But he hasn't and where he goes from here is anyone's guess.
'From the club's perspective we hope he will stay on for the Beijing Olympics, when he will only be 24 and have much more experience but only time will tell so watch this space.'