Former super middleweight champion of the world George Groves has called time on his career at the age of 30.
In a long statement on Instagram, Groves wrote: “To my friends, family, and all of the people have supported me throughout my career.
“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.
“In 2017, I boxed in front of a home crowd in Sheffield and became the WBA super middleweight world champion.
“After four attempts I finally fulfilled my childhood dream, and the experience was as great as I had always imagined it would be.
“It was without doubt the best moment of my career.
“Some of you might think think it odd that I’m choosing this time to retire. I’m still young, still fit and healthy, and there are still some big fights out there for me.
“But it’s for these reasons I am choosing to retire now.
“I have a young family at home; it’s time to spend some my better days with them. I don’t want there to be a time when 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.
Groves ends his career with 28 wins and four defeats from 32 fights, including 20 victories by knockout.