Stephen Simmons will spend time with his family as he ponders his future after falling short in a bid for British boxing history against Matty Askin.

A solid second round body shot from champion Askin denied Simmons the honour of being the first Scottish cruiserweight to win the British title – and the Edinburgh fighter is in no rush to decide where he goes from here.

Simmons (18-3-KO7) said afterwards: “It was a bad result. I felt I was doing well in the first round and getting on top of him but he landed a nice body shot right in the solar plexus in the second round.

“I was a bit winded and I have to say well done to Askin. He got the shot off and it landed in a great spot.”

On his future, Simmons added: “I’m going to go on holiday and take some time. I’m going to spend some time with my family now and make a decision when I get back from holiday in May.”

The 33-year-old’s only previous defeats came at world level – the more recent of which a controversial split decision to the accomplished Noel Gevor (23-1-KO10) in May 2017.

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