Rio Ferdinand aiming to fight professional boxer in new project
Ferdinand announces his intention to prove himself in a new sport
September 19th, 2017
Rio Ferdinand enjoyed a glittering career as a football player and the BT Sport pundit is now prepared to enter the sport of boxing and aim to pack a punch.
Ferdinand is 38-years-old and has been keeping himself fit since retiring from professional football, while the former Manchester United star has also used boxing as an outlet following the passing of his wife.
However, he has now decided to step things up by entering Betfair’s Defender to Contender project which previously saw Victoria Pendleton jump off a bike and on to a horse before riding at the Cheltenham Festival.
“The chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw,” said Ferdinand, who will be training with the former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall.
“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 is only likely to fight once, with Anthony Joshua among his friends who can offer a helping hand as he prepares for that big fight in the ring.