George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing after a pro career spanning ten years and 32 fights.

The former super-middleweight champion hangs up his gloves in the wake of losing his WBA (Super) title to Callum Smith last September.

Groves released a lengthy statement on his social media, explaining to decision to call it quits is down to the desire to spend more time with his family.

‘Some of you might think it odd that I’m choosing this time to retire,’ he said.

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‘I’m still young, still fit and healthy, and there are some big fights out there for me.

‘But it’s for these reasons that I am choosing tor retire now. I have a young family at home: it’s to spend some of my better days with them.

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‘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.’

Groves was part of one of the biggest domestic blockbusters in British history, facing old rival Carl Froch twice.

The 30-year-old lost both those bruising encounters, but finally became a world champion in 2017 at the fourth attempt, beating Fedor Chudinov to claim the WBA (Super) strap.

And Groves admitted winning a world title in Sheffield was his crowning moment.

‘In 2017, I boxed in front of a home crowd in Sheffield and became the WBA super middleweight world champion,’ Groves said.

‘After four attempts I 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.’

He added: ‘Boxing has been good to me and I believe I have been good for boxing. I hope I have entertained you all; I have always strived to be the best fighter I can be.’

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