Rio Ferdinand swaps football boots for boxing gloves

Ferdinand enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Man United winning six Premier League titles

He will want to fare slightly better than former England cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, who was knocked down on his way to winning his one and only professional fight. Oh, no. The most telling line in the press release announcing his move from football to prize-fighting was: "When Betfair approached me about the Defender to Contender challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw".

"There are a lot of armchair fans wanting to pass judgment". But for now, we've got to take it for what it is. The reason is despite the opportunity to upload training session in the ring with his coach, Mel Deane, during this time Ferdinand seemed to be just joking. I miss that competitive edge.

He is by no means the first sportsperson to make a switch like this - and no, we're not talking about Conor McGregor for a change.

Ferdinand, who has long had an interest in boxing, said he was doing it for "a challenge".

Why do many from other sports see boxing as something that they can pick up later?

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his intentions to box professionally.

The centre-back retired from football in 2015.

Woodhall said his initial reaction was he "wasn't that interested" as he did not know who his new pupil would be, but after learning it was Ferdinand "that changed his mind".

Ferdinand will train with former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall as he attempts to earn the British Boxing Board of Control licence that will allow him to compete professionally.

Footballers have entered the ring before, including former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse, who went on to become British light-welterweight champion.

Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's laughable isn't it?" After a four-year boxing career, he retired from the sweet science two weekends ago following a TKO defeat to Cello Renda, departing the sport with a respectable record of 8-2-1 (4KOs).

Have you read Trendiee Today? "I am taking it seriously", he added. "I wish him well", Woodhouse said.

Bookmakers Betfair previously backed Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton's transformation into a Cheltenham jockey in the 'Switching Saddles' challenge.

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