London’s George Groves has this morning (UK time) confirmed that he is retiring from the sport of professional boxing with immediate effect.

The news will shock many given Groves’ relatively young age for a pro boxer in today’s modern times and the momentum his career was experiencing in recent years.

Outside of his last fight which was a stoppage defeat to Liverpool’s Callum Smith.

But anyone who has followed the Groves story will know that as well as having one of the biggest hearts in the business that he’s also a very smart guy who’s always being his own man and made his own decisions.

He’s outlined his decision here:

Groves will be remembered perhaps in similar regards to Frank Bruno in that he never gave up on his world title dream and persevered until it came through.

A man who really did do it his own way throughout his career and overcame hurdles time and time again to grow as an athlete and as a person.

Something that very few ever achieve in this life.

George Groves retires at this time with a professional boxing record of 28-4-20KO.