George Groves Rules Out Retirement Despite Knockout Loss

By Elliot Foster

George Groves has ruled out retirement despite losing his world title.

The former WBA Super world super-middleweight king was stopped inside seven rounds in the World Boxing Super Series final on Friday night.

Groves was in against 28-year-old Scouser Callum Smith, exclusively live on ITV Box Office, at the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

But after early success in the fight in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Groves was swarmed upon by Smith after ‘Mundo’ landed a left hook and unleashed a barrage of shots to force referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings.


“It’s just not meant to be,” Groves said afterwards. “Full credit to Callum, he boxed well and he caught me with a body shot at the end –– I’ve never been caught with one in my life –– but I was landing a few shots myself and he got the decisive shot at the end.”

Groves spent £50,000 on corrective surgery on his left shoulder after it was dislocated in his semi-final victory over Chris Eubank Jr.

But he insisted that it caused him no issues and that the man who was taking part in his first world title fight was just better than him.

“The shoulder was lightning fast in the changing room and Callum was the better man on the night.

“We knew he could punch but he has got height and reach on me as well so I didn't want to go 50-50 with him.

“I’m going to have a good rest, I’m not retiring –– I don’t know what’s next –– but it’s been a dogged year and I want to get home to see my family because I’ve missed them.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 10-03-2018

[QUOTE=BoZz;19160973]Look I don't blame joshua but he should stand up to Hearn, I watched the carl froch interview and Hearn basically told froch to fu** off basically admitting that he's right, that was when froch said that Hearn is holding…

Comment by BoZz on 10-03-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19159570]Brits could live in a world full of diamonds and still call it ****. Don't take it too serious. We live in a great country that many around the world want to live in, so it can't be that bad…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 10-02-2018

[QUOTE=BoZz;19158376]We were talking about the groves fight, then you 'attacked' me for no reason, started talking about things which had nothing to do with that I said. Groves wasn't knocked out, and let's not talk about hatton,pacquiao,mayweather etc...a knockout is…

Comment by alexguiness on 10-02-2018

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;19149289]I'm still in shock that Eubank lost to this clown.[/QUOTE] Yes, I feel the same way. After all, Eubank beat Tom Doran and Reynold could he lose to someone a bad as Groves? Seriously, with Eubank's ability and pedigree,…

Comment by BoZz on 10-02-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19157278]We're not talking about knock downs, we're talking about KO's. It's rare we see the kind of KO's like the one Pac received against Marquez, and the one Hatton received against Pac. So I was right, you were wrong. Idiot.…

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