Ex-England and Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand will step back into the sports sphere after announcing on Tuesday that he’s set to try his hand at professional boxing at the age of 38.
Bookmakers Betfair announced they’re backing Ferdinand’s move into the ring, although there’s yet to be an announcement over when we can expect to see him in action or whom he will face.
It’s a bold move for the former centre-back, who can’t have too many fights in him given his advanced years, despite having been one of world football’s elite stars in his prime.
Ferdinand will be coached by former WBC super-middleweight champion and British coach Richie Woodhall, who said of his new trainee: “In all honesty, I think Rio can definitely box as a professional given time. He has natural power in his right hand, is extremely fit and is very enthusiastic to learn which is encouraging.”
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