Rio Ferdinand launches bid to become professional boxer
Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has launched a surprising bid to become a professional boxer.
The 38-year-old, who retired from football back in 2015, revealed the news in what was billed as a “major news announcement” on Tuesday morning where he outlined his intention to enter the squared circle.
“I’m doing this because it’s a challenge…..I’ve won titles and now I’m aiming for a belt.”
“When Betfair approached me about the challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw.”
“I was completely surprised,” he said. “We don’t have an application, so there’s nothing to consider. Nor have we had any conversation with anybody regarding this.”
“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.”