GEORGE GROVES has admitted he was ready top quit boxing "and open a coffee shop" following his world title defeat to Badou Jack back in 2015.
The Hammersmith boxer admitted he had become "disillusioned" with the sport – but soon changed his mind when he realised he "hadn't achieved enough".
The likeable super middleweight finally won a world title – the WBA version – at the fourth time of asking when he stopped Fedor Chudinov in May last year.
In an interview with ESPN Groves said: "I fought Badou Jack believing it was my time to finally win the world title, but I was disillusioned with the boxing, I was ready to pack it in.
"I was thinking about a unification title fight with James DeGale and then walking away.
"At that stage I'd earned enough to pay off my mortgage and maybe have enough change left to open a coffee shop or something, get out of this rat race.
"I was so sick of it. I just wanted to get it over with and get it done."
Groves first felt like it was possibly time to walk away from the sport was when he was in Las Vegas about to fight Jack on the Floyd Mayweather vs Andre Berto undercard.
He added: "I was out in Vegas for the Jack fight and was being asked about what it felt like to be on the card for Mayweather's last fight. I'd not long boxed in front of 80,000 people and did not give a s*** about it."
Groves lost the close fight to Jack which many felt he won via a split decision, 112-115, 111-116, 114-113.
The 29-year-old said: "To then lose a split decision away from home against Jack was hard. I was frustrated.
"It wasn't long until I decided to carry on. It was more about like putting off the washing up I felt like I just couldn't face it. It didn't take long."
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Groves fought on winning six bouts back to back including a victory over Chudinov for the WBA super middleweight title.
And he says the idea of "unfinished business" gave him the fire in his belly to fight on.
He added: "More than anything, I felt like I hadn't achieved enough in boxing, I didn't have that belt.
It took me another two years after Jack to lift the title but hey, I'm there now.
"My dad told me when I was younger never to work on a building site but other than boxing I don't know what I could do. I'm truly enjoying the boxing now and take nothing for granted."
Next up for Groves is the eagerly-anticipated all-British showdown against Chris Eubank Jr in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Six tournament.
And Groves is confident he has what it takes to hand Eubank Jr his second pro defeat.
He added: "The Eubank team talk about miles on the clock. But I have a lot of experience and I don't feel old like I've got miles on the clock and need to be scrapped any time soon.
"I've got a lot more experience than Junior. I'm 29 and he's 28, there's not a lot of an age gap between us but I've been involved in the big time.
"This fight won't be any more difficult than fighting Jamie Cox.
"He's got two game plans. He could either bum-rush me or he's going to showboat and skills rounds."
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