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Groves vows to fight on despite defeat to Smith

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 01 October 2018

Former Dale Youth amateur George Groves (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

Former Dale Youth amateur George Groves (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

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Ex-Dale Youth amateur saw 17-month reign as world champion end on Friday

Former Dale Youth amateur George Groves says he has no plans to retire, despite losing his WBA world super middleweight title to fellow Brit Callum Smith on Friday.

The 30-year-old was stopped in the seventh round of the contest in Saudi Arabia, which doubled as the final of the World Boxing Super Series.

Groves admitted before the bout he would a defeat would make him consider stepping away.

But after paying tribute to Smith, Groves revealed he intends to fight on after first taking some time away from the ring.

“We knew Callum could punch. He had the height and reach as well so I didn’t really want to trade with him. I was landing myself, but so was he and he got the finish,” Groves told ITV Box Office.

“I’m going to have a good rest, I’m not retiring, it’s been a dogged year for me.”

*Super middleweight James DeGale stopped Fidel Munoz in the third round of their bout in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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