Born on March 26, 1988 in Hammersmith, West London, George Groves started boxing at a young age and had a successful amateur career, traveling around the world and winning medals at quite a few tournaments. His most significant amateur accomplishments were his victories in the 2006 and 2007 Senior ABA Championships. He turned pro at 20-years-old, and had his first fight on November 15, 2008 against Kirill Pshonko, where he won a fairly convincing unanimous decision.
He followed that up on February 1, 2009 with his first stoppage victory, a third-round TKO over Romaric Hignard in front of his hometown fans at York Hall. Going on an impressive winning streak, Groves earned a shot at the Commonwealth super-middleweight title on April 3, 2010. He stepped up his performance for this big fight against the game Charles Adamu, scoring one knockdown in the first round and two in the fourth. He finished off Adamu in the ninth round by way of TKO.
After a TKO over Alfredo Contreras, George Groves made his first title defense when he fought Kenny Anderson. It was the most adversity he had faced in a fight to that point, as he was knocked down at one point and had to come back to score a sixth-round TKO.
On May 21, 2011, he faced off against James DeGale, who had the British super-middleweight title, to unify their belts. There had been some trash talk in the lead up to the fight, and it more than lived up to the hype, as both men had their moments. Groves ended up winning by a razor-thin margin, earning a majority decision with scores of 115-114, 115-114 and 115-115.
While there was talk of a rematch, he instead took on Paul Smith next and had a dominant showing, picking up a second-round TKO. He followed that up with several more wins, most by TKO although he also cruised to a unanimous decision over the durable Glen Johnson.
He got a shot at the IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles on November 23, 2013 against Carl Froch. While he was having success in the fight and was ahead on all three scorecards, the referee chose to stop it and award Froch a TKO victory during a wild exchange in the ninth round. It was very controversial, and many people watching thought that the referee jumped in far too early.
An immediate rematch was scheduled and took place six months later. This time around, Froch left no doubt, knocking George Groves out in the eighth round.
Groves came back almost four months later to rebound with a unanimous decision win over Christopher Rebrassé, and followed that up with a TKO over Denis Douglin. However, he faltered in a WBC super-middleweight title fight against Badou Jack, losing a close split decision.
After rebounding again with a fifth-round TKO against Andrea Di Luisa, Groves then knocked out David Brophy in the fourth round to claim the vacant WBA International super-middleweight title. To make it even better, he did so in front of his hometown fans at the 02 Arena.