Rio Ferdinand Set To Announce He Will Begin A Career In Professional Boxing

Rio Ferdinand Set To Announce He Will Begin A Career In Professional Boxing
Sep 18, 2017

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Rio Ferdinand will reportedly be making a “big announcement” at a press conference on Tuesday where he is expected to announce he will try to start a career in professional boxing. The move will be a big career move, who since his retirement from football has been seen as a pundit for BT Sport.

The former England captain has been posting teasing videos on Instagram where he is in boxing training. In one video, in between punches, he is seen calling out professional British boxers such as Tony Bellew, David Haye and Anthony Joshua.

One video posted in January said, “When do you get your license back, Tyson Fury?” Ferdinand is a good friend with Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and appeared in the ring with him in Wembley after his astonishing victory over Wladimir Klitschko.

Keeping in shape has been critical to Ferdinand’s mental health, he told Men’s Health magazine: “Working out enables me to free my mind,” after the tragic death of his wife Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer two years ago.

Rio hopes to follow in the footsteps of other sports stars who have crossed into the world boxing, most notably the high profile bout last month featuring UFC fighter Conor McGregor against Floyd Mayweather. McGregor was unusccuessful but cricketing legend Andrew Flintoff won a 2012 fight, beating heavyweight Richard Dawson in 4 rounds. Former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse also went to become British light-welterweight champion in2014.

Ferdinand will still need to apply for a boxer’s license in order to compete professionally.

 

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