AFTER losing his WBC super-middleweight world title challenge to Badou Jack in Las Vegas on Saturday, George Groves has released a statement. “Firstly I would like to thank everyone who showed me so much support for the fight last week, especially the British fans who travelled out for it. Ultimately it doesn’t matter how you lose a world title fight, the feeling is much the same. I lost a split decision as the challenger away from home after being knocked down in the very first round. I came very close to achieving a life long goal but it wasn’t to be. I’m now going to spend some time with my family and decide upon my future,” Groves said.

His promoter, Kalle Sauerland added, “After the worst of starts George showed not only skill but immense bravery to a split point decision which could easily have gone for him, certainly had the fight been on home turf. Fighting away from home was always going to be the case as challenger but I still feel some of the scoring was out. He won many fans on the other side of the pond and showed again that he belongs at world level. We will sit together as a team in the coming weeks to plot the best path.”