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Full Circle with George Groves and Adam Catterall

In the latest episode of Full Circle, Adam Catterall sits down with George Groves to talk through his legendary boxing career - from his rivalries with James DeGale and Carl Froch to becoming super-middleweight champion of the world.

As George Groves discussed the highs and lows of his boxing journey, it became clear that his resilience as an individual was the key cornerstone of his success.

"I'm in the top percent of fighters who have managed to win a world title, it wasn't gifted to me after half a dozen bouts. Things weren't manipulated for me to get there, I had to graft for it.

"I think because of this the world title means so much more to me," Groves said.

Indeed Groves' WBA super-middleweight world title win over Russian Fedor Chudunov at Bramall Lane in Sheffield was his fourth attempt at becoming world champion, having lost twice to compatriot Carl Froch and also being overcome by Swede Badou Jack.

These two bouts against Nottingham fighter Froch undoubtedly marked the height of Groves' career despite losing on both occasions, with the rivarlry between the two British super-middleweights capturing the attention of the UK public in unprecedented fashion.

Having been the underdog in the first fight, Groves dropped Froch with a huge right hand in the opening round, and was leading on the scorecards before referee Howard Foster called a halt to the bout to hand his opponent the victory in hugely controversial circumstances.

A rematch was immediately demanded, prompting one of the most highly-anticipated fights in British boxing history.

"It was the perfect storm.

"Given the major controversy of the first fight, Sky Sports building the event, social media starting to kick off, Froch playing his role perfectly and me trying to take on the world... it was absolutely huge," Groves said.

Following on from his two fights against Froch and his eventual world title win against Chudunov in 2017, Groves set his sights on winning the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament to call an end to his glittering career.

Beating Dan Cox in the quarter-final and Chris Eubank Jr in the semi-final, Groves was denied a fairtyale ending in his last career bout when knocked out by Callum Smith in the seventh round of the final.

Despite this disappointment against Callum Smith, Groves is immensely proud of what he was able to achieve in the fight game.

"I'm fortunate enough to have plenty of stories to look back on, and plenty of experiences that can hopefully be relatable to other people on their own journeys," he said.

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