Last month, former two division world champion Carl Frampton suffered the second loss of his career.
He came in as a heavy favorite, but found himself overpowered at times by the physically stronger Josh Warrington, who retained his IBF featherweight world title with a twelve round unanimous decision.
Frampton, 31-years-old, has now lost two of his last five and finds himself at a crossroads in terms of his next career move.
There were some who even called for his retirement, but Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) intends to continue his career.
Frampton did not have an easy time making the super bantamweight limit of 122-pounds, and he looks small at featherweight - which is now making him consider the idea of dropping back to a weight division where he was a lot stronger than most of his opponents.
Initially Frampton planned to move up in weight to super featherweight - which he would still consider if the right opponent came up.
“Look at the size difference between me and Warrington on the night,” Frampton said in an interview with the BBC.
“Warrington was a much bigger man than me so moving up a weight… I believed I could have beaten Warrington and then maybe moved up, but I was outdone by a bigger man on the night. So it would need to be the right champion if I was going to move up and not one of the bigger guys.
“Against (Nonito) Donaire, I made featherweight pretty comfortably and I remember saying before the (Luke) Jackson fight that if something came up at super bantamweight I’d be willing to try it out, so that’s an option.”
At 122-pounds, he would have world title options against talented fighters like WBC champion Rey Vargas, WBO champion Emmanuel Navarrete, WBA champion Danny Roman, and IBF world champion TJ Doheny.