Former super middleweight world champion George Groves has decided to call it a career after boxing professionally since 2008.
Groves made the retirement official on his Instagram account by posting a lengthy statement, which can be seen below.
After a successful amateur career that saw him win a number of titles, Groves first rose to stardom in the paid ranks by winning his first 19 pro bouts. In that span, Groves not only won the Commonwealth and British super middleweight titles but did so by beating notable boxers such as Charles Adamu, Glen Johnson, James DeGale and Paul Smith.
Groves got his first world title opportunity in 2013 when he first faced Carl Froch for the unified WBA and IBF 168-pound titles. Froch would go on to stop Groves in the ninth round and then knocked him out in the eighth round of their 2014 rematch that took place at Wembley Stadium. Groves' third attempt at a world title was also unsuccessful, losing a split decision to Badou Jack in 2015 for the WBC title on the line.
It wasn't until 2017 when Groves finally got to taste world title gold when he scored a TKO victory over Fedor Chudinov to win the WBA "Super" super middleweight belt. Afterwards, Groves entered the World Boxing Super Series and advanced all the way to the finals after wins over Chris Eubank Jr. and Jamie Cox. Groves' last fight was in the WBSS finals last September when he was knocked out by Callum Smith in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.