George Groves retires.

Wig

Jan 26, 2014
5,406
Respect to any man who goes cobradx2 then gets finished off by young CHRIS for good measure.

Rest well Saint.
 
May 23, 2018
198
being a huge froch fan i wasnt a huge fan of groves in those two fights but hes been such an entertaining fighter and should be proud of the run hes had, plus not many people have the luxery of knocking paul smith out
 

Pigg

Wilson
Oct 11, 2012
914
being a huge froch fan i wasnt a huge fan of groves in those two fights but hes been such an entertaining fighter and should be proud of the run hes had, plus not many people have the luxery of knocking paul smith out
#HugeFan
 
It's probably for the best Groves has had a great career has made plenty of money and has clearly seen better days, he doesn't need to fight on.

I just hope he doesn't get that 'itch' to come back a few years down the line and stays in retirement.
 
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Jul 6, 2012
4,747
hossegor france
i just put in the other thread, gg handing degale another L by denying him the rematch.

but on a serious note, what a fucking waste, lets assume if this had happened at the perfect time (2014? fuck knows) they must have been inline for at least 5-10m each. how in the fuck do two british fighters let that kind of opportunity slip away. i know they have both had good careers but fuck me it blows my mind that they could not swallow their pride and get it together.

not least because it actually would have been a really good fight to watch as a fan.......
 
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A Force

My time to get an avatar is running out
Jul 21, 2013
3,337
Brilliant career & he was in many brilliant fights, had the power to hurt anyone but could also be hurt himself which made him so entertaining.

I think he’s bowing out at the right time. He’s got wins over the two fighters he can’t stand in DeGale & Eubank & beating either in a rematch doesn’t add anything to his resume & neither would make him anywhere near as much money as he got for the first fights, the Froch fights & the WBSS. And obviously if he loses to either it damages his resume.

I’m sure he’s gutted about losing the Froch fights but he made a fortune from those 2 fights & the WBSS which will soften the blow.

The interview after the Chudinov win was superb & about the best I’ve heard from a boxer. His honesty after the Callum Smith fight was also top class when he had a ready-made excuse with the shoulder.

I’ll remember him for been in so many good fights & always giving us the big domestic fights.
 

TheBoxingMadMan

Just here for the chat...
Mar 24, 2018
2,022
In The Shadows...
The full statement....

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.

"To my friends, family, and all of the people who have supported me throughout my career.

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.

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 it’s for these reasons that I am choosing to retire now. I have a young family at home; it’s time to spend some of my better days with them. 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. Over the years I have seen and sadly known the dangers of the sport, and I want to respectfully bow out while I’m at the top of my game. I’ve learned that doesn’t always mean coming off the back of a win. I’ve boxed at the highest level, all over the world, I’ve been a champion, and I’ll be leaving the sport (relatively!) in tact.
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. Although we step through the ropes on our own, of course every fighter is backed by a team, and not just the ones in the corner. There are many, many people that have helped me on my way to fulfilling my boxing dreams and I would like to take this opportunity to thank as many people as I can. Below are the people I would like to thank most, and a bit about how each and every one of them shaped me into the champion fighter I became.

I first began my journey into combat sport at the age of 7, with Jason Stevens at the Scorpion kick boxing club in Fulham. He instilled determination into me, and a champions work-ethic that separated me from kids my age and set me on my path.

To all the coaches that I worked with at Dale Youth ABC; Mick Delaney, Peter Carson, Micky ‘Northolt’ Delaney and Ernie Harris. I joined Dale at 10 years of age and instantly fell in love with boxing, making it my life’s passion. Under their guidance I won 4 school boy titles, I captained Young England and Cadet England, and went on to win 2 senior ABA titles. They instilled a winning mind-set in me and everyone else who walked through the doors. They are still producing champions today even after suffering the horrors of the Grenfell Tower where the old gym was based.
Thanks also to England coach Jim Davison and his team for picking me & giving me the chance to gain such great experiences and see the world whilst representing my country.

Next comes my professional career. Having turned professional at 20 years of age I want to thank some of the key people who I have worked with over the past 10 years who I believe have only ever put my best interests first.

My solicitor and good friend Neil Sibley who has taken care of me my entire career; he has always gone above and beyond in securing my best interests and has been an invaluable member of my team. I cannot thank him enough.

My strength and conditioning coaches- past and present- who have transformed me into an athlete; Pete Marcasino who I worked with for the James Degale fight, my good friends Dan Lawrence and Barry O’Connell who I worked with for both Froch fights and the Badou Jack fight, and Darryl Richards who I have worked with since joining the McGuigan gym.

Mick Williamson who has got me through some bloody nights. He’s never failed me and he’s always been a person of great experience to have on my side.

Kevin Lidlow who has taken care of all my medical needs since turning professional- and there has been a lot! He is one of nicest people I know and the most professional individual I’ve ever met. He was key in rehabilitating my knee before my first pro fight. Since then he has taken care of broken hands, broken ribs, a deviated septum, a dozen cuts, a broken jaw, a thousand aches and pains and a dislocated shoulder. A true genius who has extended my career time and time again. Also a thank you to Ben Carraway who I spent months of intense rehab with, working on bringing my shoulder back to fitness in an impossible timeframe. Without these two I wouldn’t have made the WBSS final.

My media and business agents Duncan Ross, Dean Baker and everyone at Wasserman Media Group who have helped me build my public profile, managed my public appearances and negotiated my entry into the World Boxing Super Series. They have generated money for me without having to get punched in the face and helped take care of the minute details on fight weeks that can be the difference between winning and losing.

To everyone at McGuigan’s gym who were the difference between success and failure. In particular my coach Shane McGuigan who reinstalled my belief and guided me to my greatest night. Barry, Jake and Blaine McGuigan who have helped in camp and on fight night, Josh Pritchard who works my corner on fight night and is Shane’s right hand man. Also to Jimmy Tibbs who Shane has brought into my corner the last couple of years- it’s been great to have his experience on hand too.
Meeting Shane was the turning point in my career. He was the missing piece I needed to fulfil my full potential. Without him I don’t know if I would have ever got there. As a trainer, Shane gave me the spark back, got me in the best shape of my life, and with his unwavering dedication helped me become the number one recognised fighter in the division. For this I am eternally grateful. I will leave my fighting days with a friend for life in Shane.

I want to thank some good friends who have played a part too. Philip Sharkey, a boxing photographer I met at his Oxford Street studio 10 years ago. Tomasz Szewczyk and Davide Nicolosi, my security team who have been looking after me since before the Degale fight. My long time sponsors Graham Granville and Adam Garland of Zircom, & Darren Golden of Exigo. My friend David Simpson who has managed my website and press at the start of my career. Natalie and Will at Noyo Food for taking care of my nutritional needs for the past few years. My fellow fighters who have become friends through regular sparring; Sergej Rozvadovskij, Miles Shinkwin and Chris Billam-Smith.

I want to thank everyone in the sport; the TV companies and their staff who have shown my fights, the promoters I’ve worked with, the journalists who have covered me and travelled the world to do so. Of course I need to thank the fans who have supported me, and ultimately paid my wages! To all of you who have bought tickets to my fights, bought the PPV’s, bought the T’shirts, stopped me in the street to show support, or sent me kind emails and messages after both good and difficult times; thank you. The support I have received over my career from people has always been amazing.

The biggest thanks has to go to my family. My wife Sophie who is my childhood sweet heart. She has been through every high and every low with me and her support and love has kept me going through the darkest of times.
My Mum and Dad, Yvonne and Donnie, who have always given me fantastic support from the very beginning and pushed me in everything I have ever done. They’re my biggest fans & I’ve always known how proud they are of me.

Lastly a prayer for Eduard Gutkneckt who suffered a brain aneurysm after our fight in November 2016. He was put into an induced coma for 3 weeks and bravely fought his way back to consciousness. He lives in Germany with his wife, 3 children and a full time carer. This fight brought home the realisation that boxing can have brutal consequences. After this, I truly felt like my fighting days were numbered. After winning the WBA world title I decided to only continue fighting while it felt necessary.
After the birth of my second son last year and losing in the final of WBSS, I knew the desire to fight had left me. Retiring at 30 was a suggestion I first heard 10 years ago. I thought it was a good idea then and I still do now.

However, boxing has been my life & I would love to remain in the sport to some degree. I have my manager’s licence that has enabled me to be self-managed for the past 5 years. I’m delighted to be able to take this opportunity to announce I will be joining the Wasserman Media Group as an adviser in their boxing division. They currently manage a host of fighters both here in the U.K and in the U.S, and although predominately known for football- being one of the largest football agencies in the world- they’re starting to make waves in the boxing world too. I hope that by joining them, and with some hard work, we will become a prominent figure in the sport of boxing, delivering first rate services for fighters. I believe I’ve got a lot of knowledge and experience in boxing- for situations both in and out of the ring- that could be invaluable to future champions of this sport. I’ve had lots of incredible opportunities to work with almost everyone in the sport from a range of promoters and tv networks whilst being self-managed, which I believe has left me with a unique set of skills that could set me apart from other managers / advisors. I’m really looking forward to this challenge.

Working as a TV/Radio pundit is something I have enjoyed over the years and is also something I would love to pursue wherever possible. I will be involved in ITV’s PBC show next month staging Eubank v Degale as a pundit which I’m sure will be fun.

I am also planning to follow my new interest of motivational speaking. I’m hoping that my story of never giving up may be able to inspire the odd person here and there.

So once again I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support over the years. In my darkest and hardest times, it has been other people’s energy and enthusiasm that has kept me focused and determined to achieve my dreams. "
 
Jun 5, 2013
946
Great career, gave us so much entertainment and had balls of steel, nothing but respect, his fights were must watch. It's the right decision, get out while you still have something left in the tank.

Hopefully see more of him on the pundit side of things. I'm still curious about what happened with Adam Booth but I guess we will never know
 

TheBoxingMadMan

Just here for the chat...
Mar 24, 2018
2,022
In The Shadows...
Carl Froch -

"I am not surprised George Groves has retired and it makes complete sense to me.

Yes, he fulfilled his dream by winning a world title and you can't take that away of anyone.

Will I miss him? Probably not. But I can't deny that Groves made a massive, positive impact on the end of my career. Between us we filled Wembley and raised the bar for the next generation, led by Anthony Joshua of course, to box there, regularly.

Groves certainly played his part in all that. A big part. He will be remembered for all those mind games and smart words he came out with, but I have to be honest, I never found him funny or clever.

I could talk about what happened in the fight at Wembley, but you all know... Everything for a reason.

What I will say about him though is well done for becoming a world champion. Even if I was not his biggest fan, I was glad to stand up applauded his win over

I do remember thinking he started off well and went for it, but then started to fade. But he bit down on his gum-shield and picked the pace up. He took it to Chudinov with a heavy assault of hooks and combinations and go the stoppage.

I was happy to stand up and applaud him, he'd won a world title at the fourth attempt. Seeing anyone fulfill their dream is nice, even if they are not your best mate.

But I won't miss him and I am not sure that British boxing will miss him, these days at least. There was nothing left out there for him.

He lost to Callum Smith, who is now top of the super-middleweight world and it wasn't like it was a close or controversial defeat, he was conclusively beaten and there was never going to be a rematch. Smith is now in the new super-middleweight scene, where the champions are big, strong, young and fresh.

I just can't see there being anything out there for Groves to bother with. Yes, he could wait around and fight the winner of James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr, but what is the point? He's just beaten Eubank Jr and the first fight with DeGale was so long ago, I am not sure even George could get up for that.

Groves helped me finish my own career in the best way possible, so now it's his turn to call it a day. Fair play to him."

link - https://www.skysports.com/boxing/news/12066/11620356/carl-froch-says-george-groves-retirement-makes-complete-sense
 
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Apr 10, 2016
1,255
London/Wales
So happy he has retired. I was a massive fan of Groves from day 1. He has given me so many highs and lows. And that at the end of the day is what boxing is all about. I personally think its the perfect age for Groves to retire. If u look at the injuries he has sustained. Then look at the mental scars he has as well. It would have been so easy for him to continue. My worst nightmare would be him moving up to light heavyweight it would not end well.

Wish him all the best he has won a world title boxed at wembley. Headlined 3 ppv shows beat an olympic gold medalist. He got to the final of world boxing super series. And last but not least gave me the greatest moment of my boxing life when he went to war with Carl Froch.
 
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Dec 29, 2014
3,485
Carl Froch -

"I am not surprised George Groves has retired and it makes complete sense to me.

Yes, he fulfilled his dream by winning a world title and you can't take that away of anyone.

Will I miss him? Probably not. But I can't deny that Groves made a massive, positive impact on the end of my career. Between us we filled Wembley and raised the bar for the next generation, led by Anthony Joshua of course, to box there, regularly.

Groves certainly played his part in all that. A big part. He will be remembered for all those mind games and smart words he came out with, but I have to be honest, I never found him funny or clever.

I could talk about what happened in the fight at Wembley, but you all know... Everything for a reason.

What I will say about him though is well done for becoming a world champion. Even if I was not his biggest fan, I was glad to stand up applauded his win over

I do remember thinking he started off well and went for it, but then started to fade. But he bit down on his gum-shield and picked the pace up. He took it to Chudinov with a heavy assault of hooks and combinations and go the stoppage.

I was happy to stand up and applaud him, he'd won a world title at the fourth attempt. Seeing anyone fulfill their dream is nice, even if they are not your best mate.

But I won't miss him and I am not sure that British boxing will miss him, these days at least. There was nothing left out there for him.

He lost to Callum Smith, who is now top of the super-middleweight world and it wasn't like it was a close or controversial defeat, he was conclusively beaten and there was never going to be a rematch. Smith is now in the new super-middleweight scene, where the champions are big, strong, young and fresh.

I just can't see there being anything out there for Groves to bother with. Yes, he could wait around and fight the winner of James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr, but what is the point? He's just beaten Eubank Jr and the first fight with DeGale was so long ago, I am not sure even George could get up for that.

Groves helped me finish my own career in the best way possible, so now it's his turn to call it a day. Fair play to him."
I thought this was a parody at first... What a monumental wankpheasant.
 

Pigg

Wilson
Oct 11, 2012
914
That's a classy statement from Groves :clap

I hope he has a good retirement (and sticks to it)
 
Jun 14, 2012
12,582
He's had a great career and made a shit tonne of money. Fought some of the best in his weight class and never disgraced himself even in losing efforts. Him beating that wanker DeGale will always make me smile.

Also for what it's worth Froch has shown to be an utter dickhead again with some of his comments following the news.