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Froch: I Won't Miss Groves, I'm Not Sure British Boxing Will Either

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, former super-middleweight world champion George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 30.

Groves, who last fought when he was knocked out by Callum Smith in Saudi Arabia in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in September, said the desire to continue in the sport "had left me".

That was one of four defeats Groves suffered across his 32-fight career, with the other three all coming in world-title fights against either Carl Froch, who he fought twice, or Badou Jack.

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He finally became a world champion at the fourth attempt when he stopped Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane in May 2017.

Prior to fighting Chudinov, Groves had beaten Eduard Gutknecht on points in a brutal contest that resulted in the German suffering a bleed on the brain and being placed in an induced coma.

Groves admitted he was "always going to struggle with his situation" and cited Gutknecht's state as a reason for him retiring.

Froch, who along with Groves packed in 80,000 fans to their rematch at Wembley Stadium, handed some backhanded compliments to his former rival.

"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," Froch told Sky Sports.

"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 and applaud his win over Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane.

"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 got 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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chrismart on 01-30-2019

I read some of Groves's parting words earlier today, aimed at DeGale. He went all Froch. He said he's happy to miss out the pay day as it means DeGale will miss out on it too. He said DeGale wanted…

Comment by Boxing1012 on 01-30-2019

[QUOTE=ArturoBalboa;19471531]Really, it was? Which 5 rounds did you give froch?[/QUOTE] You do know two of the judges had it 7-5? In the US, not the UK. I have no real interest in watching that one again bur iirc Ward gave…

Comment by Boxing1012 on 01-30-2019

[QUOTE=ArturoBalboa;19471531]Really, it was? Which 5 rounds did you give froch?[/QUOTE] Well I don't have that boring ass fight from 7 years ago memorized. How did you score it? Which rounds did you give to Froch?

Comment by apollocreed on 01-29-2019

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;19470634]What exactly is “British boxing”??? I don’t see any other country on earth using their home country and the word boxing like that[/QUOTE] It means the profile of the sport in Britain. Like if a fight fight or a fighter…

Comment by soul_survivor on 01-29-2019

I will miss Groves. People forget too quickly, but at one time he was arguably the best super middle going and should really hold a win over Froch. He also helped instigate two of the biggest fights in the divisions…

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