George Groves, the former WBA Super-middleweight champion has announced his retirement from boxing.
A lot of sports fans will recall the infamous matchup and re-matchup with Carl Froch; a British rivalry with lasted between 2013 and 2014 and which would also be the last two professional fights of Froch’s career before retirement too.
Groves led an impressive record of 28-4 (20 KOs), and last fought Callum Smith on 28th September 2018 before hanging up his gloves.
Taking to his Instagram account, Groves said:
“After taking a little time to reflect on the recent events in my career, I have decided that it is time for me to retire as a professional fighter. In 2017, I boxed in front of a home crowd in Sheffield and became the WBA super-middleweight world champion. After four attempts I had finally fulfilled my childhood dream, and the experience was as great as I had always imagined it would be. It was, without doubt, the best moment of my career.
“Some of you may think it’s odd that I’m choosing to retire. I’m still young, still fit and healthy, and there are still some big fights out there for me. But it’s for these reasons that I’m choosing to retire now. I have a young family at home and it’s time to spend some of my better days with them. 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. Over the years I have seen and sadly known the dangers of the sport, and I want to respectfully bow out while I’m at the top of my game. I’ve learned that doesn’t always mean coming off the back of a win. I’ve boxed at the highest level, all over the world, I’ve been a champion and I’ll be leaving the sport (relatively!) intact.”