Junior’s loss could signal career crisis

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Former world champion Junior Witter must be pondering his future in boxing after falling foul to a points’ decision in Canada.

Witter, back after a long injury break, lost his comeback against Romanian-born Victor Lupo, 32, in Ontario, Canada.

At 36, the South Yorkshire-based veteran may now be considering his options, after failing to secure the vacant WBC International Silver welterweight title. Recently, Witter told The Star that he was pursuing a route back to the very top. He discussed the possibility of a money spinning inter-gym contest with his one-time protege Kell Brook.

Witter, who spars with Brook at the Ingle base, said: “I am comfortable in holding my own with Kell, and it is a good motivator to have competition being ‘the man’ in the gym. He’s really come on; there isn’t much between us now. Everybody is tipping him to be a world champion and he is in prime position to go for the WBO belt.

“He is definitely catching me up and closing in. Would we ever fight? If somebody millions in front of us we’d both do it!”

Witter’s star could now be in decline though. He needs another bout arranged quickly, to repair his image, after three defeats in his last four matches.

Meanwhile, 6ft 8ins heavyweight Dave Howe headlines on a Dennis Hobson show at Don Valley stadium on Friday. Howe has won four of his five victories by knockout. Also on the bill is Nicki Smedley, Jamie Ward, Andy Roberts and Steven Swinburn.