What next for Haye?
Following David Haye's defeat at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg, expect days of fevered speculation as the press attempt to second-guess his next move.
Go again with Klitschko, target big brother Vitali, slip into retirement or rip it up and start again? BBC Sport looks at the Englishman's options.
A rematch with Wladimir
While Haye blamed his lacklustre display in Hamburg on a broken toe, he was not exactly pleading for a rematch after the event either. In fact, he sounded like he could pretty much take it or leave it - having been beaten soundly by Klitschko, perhaps Haye's self-awareness kicked in and he realised how foolish he would look shouting the odds.
The Londoner, having been relieved of his WBA belt, he now has significantly reduced bargaining power, which means there would be no 50-50 split second time round. And anyway, the one-sided nature of the first fight means there would be little public clamour for a sequel.
In addition, having endured two years of taunts from his rival, Klitschko might take great satisfaction in denying Haye his wish,
A match with Wladimir's big brother, Vitali
Like his brother, WBC title-holder Vitali does not exactly have a gaggle of top-class heavyweights banging his door down. As such, a match with Haye - which the promoters could at least sell with talk of revenge - would make both of them money.
However, Vitali, although 39 and less skilled than his brother, is potentially an even tougher foe - taller, stronger and never knocked down. As such, Haye and trainer Adam Booth might consider it an unwinnable fight and an unnecessary risk. Haye, after all, just banked in the region of £10m for his night's work in Hamburg.
In addition, Haye repeatedly said in the build-up to Saturday's fight that he would retire before his 31st birthday on 13 October. Vitali, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Poland's former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in September, which pretty much rules out a match with Haye.
The Klitschko brothers now have a full set of heavyweight title belts - photo: AP
It is no secret that what boxers say about retirement and what they really mean are two different things. So having spent the build-up to Saturday's fight insisting he would not box on after October, Haye was suddenly making different noises after his defeat.
He refused to make any snap decisions, saying he would rest on it for two weeks before revealing his plans. Booth, also his best friend, wants him to hang them up but says he will respect his fighter's choice. The morning after the night before, Haye was already hinting he did not want to go out on a loss and that he might fight on.
Haye has said in the past he fancies himself as a Hollywood action hero - but despite the looks and the flash he is a boxing man at heart and as addicted to the sounds and smells of the gym as the next man who has laced on gloves.
Go back to the drawing board
If not a Klitschko then the other option for Haye would be to blitz some of the fringe contenders in a short space of time and work his way back into contention, perhaps kicking off with a trip to the States and a match against someone of the calibre of Odlanier Solis.
Solis, who holds a stoppage win over Haye in the amateurs, was last seen crumpling to a humiliating defeat against Vitali Klitschko, when the much-hyped Cuban came in in bad shape and retired in the first round with a knee injury. He, too, has a point to prove. Another option might be American Chris Arreola, who lost to Vitali in 2009. Haye would have to take a drastic pay cut, but it might be his only way back in.
If Haye can bump up his resume - and let's face it, the heavyweight section does not look great at the moment - then perhaps in a year or two he can go back to the Klitschkos, not with a begging bowl, but with plenty of bargaining power and by public demand.