Groves announces retirement from boxing

George Groves won a world title by beating Fedor Chudinov last year

George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing.

The 30-year-old from Hammersmith has called time on his career four months after losing his WBA super-middleweight title to Callum Smith.

Groves became world champion at the fourth attempt when he beat Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield in 2017.

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.”

Groves, a product of the Dale Youth Boxing Club in Notting Hill, also won the British, European and Commonwealth titles.