George Groves, former super-middleweight champion, has annouced his retirement from boxing. It comes after a defeat to Callum Smith last September.
The loss, in which he lost his world title, was his 32nd in an 11-year professional career. When announcing his retirement, he said that he “knew the desire to fight had left”.
“I don’t want there to be a time where I’m, ‘too old’ to box, or where injury retires me.”
Groves plans to remain in the sport in an advisory capacity, working as a management advisor. He will also be a pundit for the DeGale v Eubank Jr fight.
Groves released a statement on Instagram in which he thanks all his fans, his family and friends for their support. He also acknowledged he was still young, but has chosen to retire now, in part, to spend more time with family.
George Groves Stats
During his 11-year career, Groves fought 32 times, racking up 28 wins in the process. 20 of these were knockouts. He was the former British, European, and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion as well as being the former WBA super-middleweight champion.
Very good career. Always wanted to fight the best and was never totally outclassed until maybe a little against Callum Smith but he could be superb and was right at the end of George’s career.— Sir Bob XXX (@SupportAVFC) January 28, 2019
George Groves has called it a day, what a boxer he was. Thanks for walloping Eubank— Sam (@_sjohnsoncfc) January 28, 2019
What a career George Groves has had. Gave us some of the most memorable nights over last few years, realised his dream & set his family up for life and still only 30. What it's all about.— Jordy (@jordneild) January 28, 2019