George Groves Retires From Boxing
The former WBA super middleweight champion has today announced his retirement from boxing.
“I don’t want there to be a time where I’m “too old” to box on, or where an injury retires me in or out of the ring.”
“I hope you had the time of your life.”
Groves leaves the sport with 28 wins in 32 fights, all 4 of his defeats were in world title fights. After 3 previous failed world title bids Groves finally won a version of the world title when he beat Fedor Chudinov in May 2017 in Sheffield.
Two successful defences followed, wins over Jamie Cox and Chris Eubank Jr saw him retain his title but a stoppage loss to Callum Smith in the final of the World Boxing Super Series would prove to be the final chapter of a professional career that began in 2008.
Groves beat his old amateur rival James DeGale in 2011, the rematch DeGale craved will now never happen.
The two Carl Froch fights brought Groves to the mainstream, the first fight in Manchester ended controversially when Groves was stopped when ahead. But the controversy made the rematch inevitable and Wembley Stadium hosted the much-anticipated rematch in 2014. Groves didn’t have the success he had in the first fight, but the fight was still close and Groves looked as though he was coming on until Froch exploded that right hand in the 8th round to settle their own personal feud.
A loss to Badou Jack the following year, seemed to make Groves forever the nearly man, a fighter who was destined never win a world title until finally, he achieved his dream on that emotional May night in Sheffield at his 4th attempt.
Groves schooled Eubank Jr in their fight, but a dislocated shoulder in the last round gave the Brighton brief hope, but Groves bravely gutted it out to get the deserved decision.
In his retirement statement which Groves released on his social media today, Groves mentioned about spending more time with his family and wanting to leave the sport while at the top of his game.
Groves has nothing left to prove, he has achieved his dream and today’s decision is sensible and he leaves the sport on his own terms.