Groves hangs up his gloves

28 January 2019 07:16:14 EST

Former WBA super middleweight world champion George Groves has announced that he is retiring from boxing while he is still fit and healthy.

The 30-year-old lost his world title to Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series last year and has decided, after a period of reflection, to call it a day.

Groves was sent to the canvas by Liverpudlian Smith in the seventh round of their bout five months ago.

He was involved in 32 fights during his career, winning 28 of them, after turning professional in 2008.

Two of the most high-profile fights of his career came in 2013 and 2014 against Carl Froch.

Froch won the first bout thanks to a technical knockout in the ninth round and the second clash in less controversial fashion when the fight was stopped after Groves had been floored.

Groves wrote in a statement: "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. It was without doubt the best moment of my career.

"Some of you might think it odd that I'm choosing this time to retire. I'm still young, still fit and healthy, and there are still some big fights out there for me.

"But I have a young family at home; it's time to spend some of my better days with them. 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."

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