For the first time in more than five years, Eric "Danger" Fields didn't walk out of the ring as the victor.
The Ardmore cruiserweight boxer was stopped in the fifth round via knockout by WBC Silver Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu in their bout in South Africa on Saturday. The loss was Fields' first since an April 2008 loss to Ola Afolabi, a span of 12 fights without a defeat.
Fields and his team returned to the United States this week. The fight was Fields' second in a span of 28 days after he defeated Alexis Mejias Aug. 3 in Whitehall, N.Y.
Fields' manager Jimmy Schaffer said in a statement released Monday that the Fields team will take some time before deciding its next move. The Fields team is operating as an independent after its amicable split from New York-based Greg Cohen productions earlier this year.
"We have gone through various changes as to team members and promotional companies of late and we believe although we were disappointed with the outcome of this bout that we have the correct people in place," Schaffer said via statement. "Eric makes no excuses in defeat the champion was the better fighter on Saturday and the Fields Team congratulates him and wishes for his continuous success."
Makabu, 25, entered the fight at the world's No. 14-rated cruiserweight. The left-hander improved to 15-1 with 14 knockouts.