Blake Ferguson might want to return to rugby league as soon as possible after suffering a four-round unanimous points loss to fellow professional boxing debutant Luke Turner on Wednesday.
Ferguson finished 39-37 behind on all three cards and was outworked by the smaller man form Goulburn.
The NSW State of Origin back was sacked by Canberra in September after failing to front the board following breaches of the club’s code of conduct.
His league career remains in limbo pending the findings of the NRL integrity unit.
He has also had to deal with two court cases regarding charges of indecent assault and driving indiscretions.
Ferguson was thrown out of the NSW Blues Origin squad following a drinking session with another former Raiders star, Josh Dugan, who was at Allphones Arena on Wednesday along with several other league stars, especially from Cronulla, one of his rumoured suitors.
Ferguson started quietly and took the odd blow in the opening minute, but connected with a series of punches in the final 30 seconds to probably steal it.
Turner was again the aggressor for most of the second round, with Ferguson not throwing many punches.
Turner shaded the third and definitely took the final round, landing several right hands on a fatiguing Ferguson, who showed he had a decent chin.
“It was an awesome experience, I really enjoyed it,” Ferguson said.
“I want to get back in the ring with him.”
Ferguson, who weighed in at just over 100kg had Tony Mundine and another former league star turned boxer Solomon Haumono in his corner.
“All credit to Blake, it was a lot tougher than I thought it would be,” Turner said.