Former British footballer, Rio Ferdinand, 38, has announced plans to launch a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football.
The well-loved footballer move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news yesterday, Tuesday, Sept, 19th.
“I’m doing this because it’s a challenge, I’ve won titles and now I’m aiming for a belt.”
He has posted several social media videos in recent months showing him boxing and working with personal trainer Mel Deane.
Betfair approached Ferdinand about making the switch, and the betting company will help him qualify for his British Boxing Board of Control licence before he begins training and competing.
“When Betfair approached me about the challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw”. he added.
Ferdinand will be coached by Team GB coach and former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall.
Some of his fans think he is making a grave mistake venturing into boxing. ‘It’s like retiring from a competitive sport, just to embarking in one twice as competitive 2 years later, this is crazy’, One of his fans said.
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