KIERAN Gething could make the Welsh super-lightweight his next target after missing out on the welterweight crown to Tony Dixon – but only if he can’t negotiate a rematch with the champion.

Dixon (11-2) edged Pontypool’s Gething (6-2-1) following a barnstorming encounter that went the distance at the Newport Centre on Saturday night.

Despite his 95-94 points defeat, Gething still feels he is “levels above” the Mountain Ash man, who has now claimed Welsh titles at two different weights.

When asked what is going to be his next move, he said: “I’m eager to get back in the gym.

“It would be nice to have a rematch but I don’t know if he wants it, we didn’t speak about it after Saturday’s fight.

“I’ve just got to get the monkey off my back and if there is no rematch then I’ll push on and maybe drop to super-lightweight.

"The Welsh title is vacant there.

“I’d like to fight again in December if there is a show in Wales.

“The plan was to have a normal winter but if the opportunity to fight in December comes up I’ll take it, if not then we’re looking at February.

“Because of the cut I got during the fight on Saturday I’ve got 28 days before I can box again.

“I had the opportunity to spar with Kell Brook in Spain but I can’t now so Alex Hughes is going instead.”

Gething, who said he couldn’t argue with the result on referee John Latham’s scorecard, admitted he didn’t stick to his pre-fight tactics and allowed Dixon to dictate proceedings.

He added: “I can’t really be disappointed with my performance.

“I caught him early in the second round but he drew me into the fight he wanted and I became a bit indecisive with my tactics.

“His experience was really important. It was only my ninth pro fight against someone who has now had three title fights.

“I think it has done me an insurmountable amount of good.

“I’ve gone 10 rounds with a bigger man and I’ve got the option of dropping down a weight.

“It’s likely I’ll do that if the rematch isn’t there – if it is I’d stick to my tactics.

“I still genuinely believe I’m levels above him. Boxing wise, I thought it was obvious.

“At the same time, he is a little bit bigger than me and probably caught me with a few cleaner shots.

“He didn’t hurt me but he was picking off rounds on a couple of combinations.

“Fair play to him, he caught me and made me touch down in the fourth and that gave him a round I thought I was winning.”