Following a defeat against Callum Smith middleweight George “Saint” Groves could retire according to his coach Shane McGuigan.

Speaking to Talksport, Groves’s coach Shane McGuigan 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 Jnr fight what with the shoulder.

“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.

“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 and 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.

“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.” 

Should Groves bow out from the Sport the fighter leaves behind a 28 – 4 record. Not to mention winning 20 of his 32 fights via knockouts.

Not to mention the 5ft 11 middleweight has fought the likes of Carl Froch, Eubank Jr and Badou Jack since making his debut in 2008.

At 30 years-old “Saint George” could very well continue, but following surgery, a disappointing defeat to Callum Smith and back to back intense training camps it may be the end for the Hammersmith based boxer.

A decision from the British brute may take some time with a decision likely to come in the next few months. But should Groves depart the sport, he will do so having had a successful career.