Former professional footballer, Rio Ferdinand is set to launch his career as a professional boxer, just two years after he announced his retirement from football.
Rio Ferdinand transition to the world of boxing is being spearheaded by betting company Betfair who made the announcement on Tuesday.
Ferdinand who currently works as TV pundit and has a personal clothing line revealed after the transition was announced that he wants to throw a new challenge.
“I am doing this because it is a different challenge. I have won titles and now I’m going for a belt” He said.
He has also been posting videos on social media which shows him boxing and practicing with local trainer Mel Deane.
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Ferdinand is a six-time Premier League and also a Champions League title to his time during his playing time at Manchester United and there is huge chance that he could follow in the steps of Ex Birmingham City player Curtis Woodhouse and ex-Crystal Palace player Leon McKenzie, who both became professional boxers after retiring from soccer. Woodhouse later became the British super-lightweight champion.
The former England defender was approached by Betfair to make the switch and the betting company will go ahead to get his license from British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) before he kicks off his training and competing.