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Former world super-middleweight champion George Groves retires

Former WBA world super-middleweight champion George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing.

The 30-year-old has called time on his career four months after losing his belt to Callum Smith in September.

George Groves Credit: PA

Groves, who is also known for two high-profile fights with Carl Froch, became world champion at the fourth attempt when he beat Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield in 2017.

The Londoner,who turned professional in 2008, said he wants to go out at the top.

Having won his first 19 professional fights, Groves enjoyed a blockbusting clash with Froch in 2013 and was on course for a surprise dethroning of the WBA and IBF champion when the referee hastily intervened in round nine.

Groves won much public adulation, but lost the rematch with Froch again six months later at Wembley.

Carl Froch knocks down George Groves to win the IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight title fight in London. Credit: PA

He finally got his hands on the belt in 2017 with a sixth-round stoppage of Chudinov at Bramall Lane and he defended that title twice before losing to Callum Smith in Saudi Arabia last month.

George Groves (left) and Callum Smith (right) Credit: PA

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.

– George Groves
George Groves Credit: PA

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.

– George Groves

Boxing manager and coach Dave Coldwell has joined boxing fans on Twitter to pay tribute to Grove's 'fantastic career'.