Neil looks to future after Askin defeat

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THORPE Hesley’s Neil Dawson has hinted he will hang up his gloves for a second and final time if he does not make a swift return to the winners circle.

Matty Askin dashed the experienced boxer’s hopes of landing the Central Area cruiserweight title by stopping him in the six round of their clash in Wigan last weekend.

It also ended Dawson’s nine-match unbeaten streak since turning professional in 2002.

Family and financial pressures prompted the 30-year-old into quitting the sport five-and-half-years ago. He then opted to return to the ring in February, beating Mark Lewis in his comeback bout.

Dawson pointed to a lack of conditioning for his maiden loss against Askin.

“I was blowing after four rounds,” he conceded. “I am not going to make excuses; I just ran out of steam.

“I could have done with three or four more fights before going for a title and then I think I would have had a better chance of winning.

“I only sparred twice before the fight so that was not ideal preparation. I really struggled to find someone to spar with.

“But I have been out of the ring for a long time so I could not pull out of the fight. It was too good an opportunity to turn down and it was a great occasion to be involved in.

“I am definitely going to box again but if I lost another two or three on the trot then I would pack it in.

“I don’t think Matty was beating me up. It was more a case of I ran out of gas.”

Dawson says he plans on spending time with his family before finalising a potential fight in May.