Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has announced his decision to venture into the world of professional boxing.
The former England international defender, has announced he will be swapping boots for gloves at the age of 38, as he finds another sport a challenge.
Ferdinand retired from football two years ago and lined up for West Ham, Leeds, Man United and Queens Park Rangers. And will now test himself in boxing, as part of Betfair’s Defender to Contender project.
Ferdinand said: “When Betfair approached me about the Defender to Contender challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw.
“Boxing is an amazing sport for the mind and the body. I have always had a passion for it and this challenge is the perfect opportunity to show people what’s possible.
“It’s a challenge I’m not taking lightly, clearly not everyone can become a professional boxer, but with the team of experts Betfair are putting together and the drive I have to succeed, anything is possible.”
Ferdinand will be training with former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall.