For a long time, Maurice Blocker did not think he would ever get a shot at the World Boxing Council welterweight title, much less win it. So it is not surprising that his plans for the future are a little hazy.

Blocker, 27, who won the title Sunday with a 12-round majority decision over Marlon Starling in Reno, Nev., said from his hotel there yesterday that his only concern is getting back home to Germantown and relaxing.

"I haven't thought about the future at all," he said.

Starling had, though. Holding an ice pack to the right side of his stitched-up face, his head on a pillow in his hotel suite in Reno, he told reporters: "I quit. I retire. It's over."

"He means it right now," said Melanie Byrd, a close friend.

"I think it's a distinct possibility," said Starling's adviser, Mort Sharnik. "It's his decision and his decision alone."

"He had a great career," said his trainer, Freddie Roach. "If that's what he decides, great. None of us would be disappointed."

Blocker's manager, Butch Lewis, has some thoughts about possible fights for Blocker, but wouldn't discuss them yet.

"I always keep a game plan on the drawing board," Lewis said. "I have to watch a few moves and start to watch some of the players {in the welterweight division} and look to do what's best."

When pressed for specific names, he said, "I don't want to tip my hand to the guys who until yesterday thought they controlled the welterweight division."

One of the names certain to be on the list of possible opponents -- quite possibly to Blocker's chagrin -- is his good friend and fellow Washingtonian, Simon Brown, the IBF champion.

Blocker (31-1) and Brown are frequent sparring partners, and Brown was ringside -- for both professional and personal reasons -- at Sunday's fight. Yesterday, Blocker diverted all questions about future opponents to Lewis.

"If you were to see Mo and Simon in the gym, they're palsy-walsy," Lewis said. "If they fight, the best man will win and they'll embrace after the fight."

In all likelihood, Blocker will take a few easier bouts before fighting a boxer of Brown's caliber. Lewis said it would take a little time to formulate a long-term plan.

"One thing's for sure," Lewis said. "The world is going to be hearing about Mo Blocker, Mo Blocker and Mo Blocker."

He was one round from losing the fight and sinking back into relative obscurity. Judge Chuck Giampa scored it 114-114, while Lynn Carter and Miguel Donate had it 115-113 for Blocker.

The turning point seemed to come when a cut opened up over Starling's left eye in the seventh round. It was unclear how the cut was caused. Starling claimed Blocker butted him, and Blocker said he wasn't sure. Lewis said he had watched a videotape of the fight and that Blocker opened the cut with a right hand off a left hook combination. Regardless, Blocker said the cut helped to motivate him.

"When you see blood, it gives you a little killer instinct inside of you," he said.

The surprise of the fight was the amount of action. Many felt the boxers would dance for 12 rounds, throwing an occasional punch. ABC announcers Dan Dierdorf and Alex Wallau went so far as to say they had expected the fight to be "a dog." But both boxers were aggressive from the start.

"When you're in a position to fight for the title, you have to take it," Blocker said. "And that doesn't allow for too much dancing by the challenger."

Although cut, Starling (45-7-1) fought valiantly, but Blocker seemed in control during the last four rounds.

"I didn't think that last round was going to determine the fight," he said.

"But I was determined to pull the last round out in case. I didn't want to say, 'Mo, you won, let's dance this round out.' "