Custom Search 1

Rio Ferdinand to become a professional boxer

CAREER MOVE: Rio Ferdinand (Photo credit: BETFAIR)

RIO FERDINAND has announced plans to launch a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football.

The 38-year-old's move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news on Tuesday (Sep 19).

"I'm doing this because it's a challenge," he said. "I've won titles and now I'm aiming for a belt."

He has posted several social media videos in recent months showing him boxing and working with personal trainer Mel Deane.

Betfair approached Ferdinand about making the switch, and the betting company will help him qualify for his British Boxing Board of Control licence before he begins training and competing.

"When Betfair approached me about the challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw," Ferdinand added.

Ferdinand will be coached by Team GB coach and former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall.

The Voice is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Share your Voice memories, comments and birthday wishes on social media, using the following hash tag: #Voice35Years

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Annual subscription for The Voice newspaper print edition.

Read more stories like this in our weekly printed newspaper. To purchase an annual subscription and get 50% off, complete the form below and enter the code 'ONLINE2017' - offer ends 30 November.

* indicates required
() - (###) ###-####
Facebook Comments