Former World Champion George Gruves Retires From Boxing - MySportDab - Sports News Nigeria


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Monday, 28 January 2019

Former World Champion George Gruves Retires From Boxing

George Gruves has announced his retirement from boxing after a stunning pro career of ten years and 32 fights.

The former Champions hangs up his gloves after losing his WBA Super title to Callum Smith last September.

In a lengthy statement on Social media, Groves explained his decision to quit and mainly to spend more time with family.

"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," Groves wrote.
"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 greatas I had always imagined it would be. It was, without doubt, the best moment of my career."

Groves became world championat the fourth attempt whenhe beat Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield in 2017.

"Some of you may think it's odd that I'm choosing to retire. I'm still young, still fit and healthy, and there are still some big fights out there for me," he added.

"But it's for these reasons that I'm choosing to retire now. I have a young family at home and 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!) intact."

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