The former England captain Rio Ferdinand has confirmed that he will be taking up professional boxing at the age of 38.
Ferdinand made the announcement on social media earlier in the week and said “It’s happening… Can’t wait to get started”.
Ferdinand is just two months away from his 39th birthday. It is well known that he is a huge fan of boxing and he regularly posts videos on his social media accounts showing him in boxing training. He was also spotted at Wembley in April watching Anthony Joshua’s epic heavyweight contest with Wladimir Klitschko.
During his football career the centre-half won 81 caps and made over 300 appearances for Manchester United before he retired in 2015. Over the nineteen years of his career he also played for clubs such as West Ham United, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers.
Now he has set his sights on become a professional boxer but first he will need to convince the British Boxing Board of Control that he fits the criteria for a license.
If he receives the license he won’t be the first football player to make the switch from the field to the ring. Curtis Woodhouse, the former Sheffield United striker, won the British light-welterweight title in 2012.
After Ferdinand’s announcement he took to social media saying, “My advice to Rio would be to show the game the respect it deserves. This is no joke, you can die playing boxing. I wish him well.”
Ferdinand has said that he hopes to fight a series of bouts in the next year and ultimately win a title.