Shane McGuigan reveals George Groves is considering retiring from boxing after World Boxing Super Series loss to Callum Smith

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GEORGE GROVES’ trainer Shane McGuigan has revealed that the Saint is going to take some time out to think about his future plans in the sport.

The Chelsea fan lost his WBA super-middleweight belt against Brit rival Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final.

George Groves suffered a seventh round knockout defeat against Callum Smith in Saudi Arabia
Smith proved to be too strong for Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final

Groves, 30, was stopped in the seventh round by the Liverpudlian in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with McGuigan claiming he is to now spend valuable time with his family.

He said: “George is spending some time with his family and having a good rest, It has been a long camp ever since the [Chris] Eubank Jr fight what with the shoulder.”

McGuigan also claimed that after an “exhausting” camp ahead of his Smith bout, as well as recovering from shoulder surgery, Groves could call it a day.

He added: “We spent seven months in camp making sure it was coming back, because it is a really complicated joint to recover and rehab so we had a deadline at the end of September and luckily for us the WBSS, the tournament pushed the date of the final back.

Shane McGuigan has revealed that Groves is taking some time out from boxing
Groves lost his WBA ‘Super’ super-middleweight title against the Liverpudlian

“In the meantime it was an exhausting camp, in this stage of George’s career, he’s 30 years of age, he’s been a pro for ten years, so it was a very long camp and we did our best to get him in the best condition possible.

“He unfortunately didn’t win on the night, but the first six rounds it was a pick-them fight, George was starting to get his jab off, was starting to work the body as well but Callum hit him and hurt him in the third round.

“It was a great fight for him to be involved in, though, it was a shame it was in Saudi Arabia as it would have got a lot more attraction if it was back here in the UK.

“But no matter what I was very proud of George and he is taking some much needed rest right now.”

Groves has now suffered four defeats in his professional career
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McGuigan also revealed that Groves is going to take the rest of the year of and think about whether he will box on or retire.

“He is going to spend the rest of the year out from the gym and then we can make a decision on what he wants to do in the future.

“The decision is up to George, he is his own man but I will be a part of his decision.”

While he also claimed that if Groves takes four months out of the sport and doesn’t have that “bit between his teeth” anymore, then it’s “time to pack it in.”

He added: “Everyone wants to find out what he wants to do, the only way he will know that is with time.

“If he spends four months out and doesn’t get that bit between his teeth, then it’s time to pack it in and we can make the decision when it comes.”

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