Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves retires at 30

first_imgView this post on Instagram My retirement statement. Thank you. #TeamSaintGG “It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.”A post shared by George Groves (@stgeorgegroves) on Jan 28, 2019 at 3:28am PST Groves is coming off a seventh-round knockout loss to Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final in September. Groves, 30, had defeated Jamie Cox by fourth-round KO to start the tournament and had the defining fight of his career via a gritty unanimous decision over Chris Eubank Jr. in the semifinal — a bout that Groves suffered a dislocated shoulder in — before losing to Smith. That defeat would be Groves’s final fight, with his record standing at 28-4, with 20 KOs.Groves, from Hammersmith in London, began his career with a points victory over Kirill Psonko in November 2008 and went on a 19-0 winning streak, picking up the British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles along the way with victories over James DeGale and Paul Smith, respectively, in 2011. He suffered his first defeat in a controversial fight with IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch back in November 2013. In the much-anticipated rematch in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium six months later, Froch was victorious again. Both losses came by TKO.Groves got back to his winning ways, though, picking up the EBU European strap against Christopher Rebrassee and the WBC silver super middleweight title against Denis Douglin later in 2014.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIn his third attempt at a world title, Groves went up against Badou Jack, who defeated him via split decision in September 2015. The world title just seemed to be just out of Groves’s reach.But 2016 had “Saint George” winning and defending the WBA international belt twice before getting his forth shot at the world title. Groves was victorious this time with a dominant display against Fedor Chudinov, beating him via sixth-round TKO to claim the vacant WBA super middleweight title in May 2017. Froch was ringside for the fight and gave his former rival a standing ovation. Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves announced his retirement from boxing on his Instagram account Monday stating, “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.”center_img “After four attempts, I finally fulfilled my childhood dream and the experience was as great as I had always imagined it would be,” Groves said as part of his retirement statement. “It was without doubt the best moment of my career.”He added: “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.”The former European, British, and Commonwealth super middleweight champion will now look to focus on a new role as a motivational speaker in addition to other media work.last_img read more