Super middleweight Callum Smith had no answers on Saturday night, when he suffered a twelve round decision loss to Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Smith started well, but after few rounds he was taking more and more punishment as the contest played out. The final few rounds were very one-sided with the British boxer getting battered by hard shots to the head and body.
Smith managed to last the full distance, but tasted the first defeat of his pro career. Canelo walked away with the WBA, WBC super middleweight titles.
Smith, standing at a tall 6'3, believes his time may have come to a close in the super middleweight division.
He did not feel strong in the second half of the contest.
Smith gave Canelo full credit for the win and offered no excuses for the outcome.
"I'm devastated. I came here to win. No excuses, he was very good. Maybe I've been on the weight too long. I don't feel as dominant late on in fights. It could have been a better version of me tonight. He performed and was the better man," Smith said.
"He is smart to be honest. He is clever. He closes ground, sets traps and before you know it he's closed the ground up. I maybe let him close the ground up too easily."
A move to the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds could be the next move for Smith's career. The light heavyweight limit has dangerous punchers such as Artur Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol and Joe Smith.
Before any move is made, Smith plans to sit down with his family to make a decision on his boxing future in 2021.
"I need to go and spend time with family and decide what is next for me next year," Smith said.