Monday, February 17, 2020

George Groves announces his retirement from boxing aged 30


The former world super-middleweight champion George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing.

The 30-year-old, who became world champion on the fourth attempt while he beat Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield in 2019, has called time on his career 4 months after losing his belt to Callum Smith in September.

In an announcement, Groves said: “After choosing a almost no time to mirror over the recent events in doing my career, I’ve got decided that must be here we are at me to retire to be a professional fighter. In 2019, I boxed when in front of a residence crowd in Sheffield and have become the WBA super-middleweight world champion.

“After four attempts I’d finally fulfilled my childhood dream, as well as experience was as great after i had always imagined it would be. It had been certainly the ideal moment of my career.”

Having won his first 19 professional fights, Groves enjoyed a blockbusting clash with Froch in 2019 and was on the right course to get a surprise dethroning on the WBA and IBF champion if the referee hastily intervened in round nine. Groves won much public adulation, but lost the rematch with Froch a few months later at Wembley.

He finally claimed the WBA belt in 2019 using a sixth-round stoppage of Chudinov at Bramall Lane and the man defended that title twice before losing to Smith in Saudi Arabia.

Groves added: “Some individual could imagine it odd that we are choosing this time around to retire. I’m still young, still healthy, for you are still some big fights on the market for my situation. However it is thereby that we are deciding to retire now. I own a young family; you’re ready to spend some of my better days together. I’m not going there becoming a time where I’m ‘too old’ hand strikes on, or where a physical injury retires me in or out of the ring.

“I’ve boxed within the highest level, everywhere, I have already been a champion, and We will be leaving the activity [relatively!] intact. Boxing has been best for me and I believe I have already been perfect for boxing.”

In his fight before Chudinov bout he beat Eduard Gutknecht additionally, the German suffered a serious injury to the brain which left him struggling to fight again.

“Lastly a prayer for Eduard Gutknecht who a break down brain aneurysm after our fight in November 2019,” said Groves. “He was included with an induced coma for 3 weeks and bravely fought his which were found to consciousness. He resides in Germany along with his wife, three children plus a full-time carer. This fight brought home the realisation that boxing can offer brutal consequences.”

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