Groves Not Angered, Says “Fair Play” in Response To Carl Froch

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George Groves is not angered by the recent comments from his former rival, Carl Froch.

On Monday, 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”.

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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 Froch, who he fought twice, or Badou Jack.

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

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

“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,” Froch told Sky Sports.

In response, Groves insisted that doesn’t have a grudge with Froch.

“It’s Carl, so he shoots from the hip, and he’s fully entitled to do that whenever he comments about myself, because we had a real intense rivalry. As much as I wish it was different, he came out on top, so fair play to him,” Groves told Sky Sports.

“My greatest, sweetest moment was winning that world title at the fourth attempt, which was do or die at that point, and I didn’t know if it was actually going to happen. But of course, always getting a win over my fiercest rival James DeGale is just as sweet. Retiring at 30, pipe and slippers, and a round of golf don’t quite fit the bill for me.

“I would rather retire from boxing with a new goal in mind, and we’ve got a few things I would love to get stuck into now, whether that be working as a manager maybe. Aiming to stick in the sport.”

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