Rio Ferdinand needs no introduction to football fans around the world as the former England player and Manchester United great has represented both his country and his club with pride for a number of years. Ferdinand represented England in three FIFA World Cups and made a total of 81 appearances for his country.
He played as a centre-back throughout most of his career and spent the majority of that time representing Manchester United. He joined the club in 2002 and played till 2014 representing the Red Devils 312 times during this time period before eventually retiring from professional football in 2015. Since then he has spent a lot of this time behind a desk as a BT Sports analyst.
Ferdinand Turns To Boxing
The 38 year old retired football start is expected to make an announcement later today about making his professional boxing debut. While Ferdinand is well known in the football world he is completely unknown in the boxing world and it is surprising to see him wanting to make his professional debut at this stage in his life. That being said, Ferdinand spends a lot of time on his fitness and has not let himself get out of shape after retiring.
This is not the first time that a professional sportsman in the United Kingdom has decided to venture into the boxing arena after retirement. Andrew Flintoff, one of England’s greatest all-rounders decided to turn to boxing for a one time professional fight in 2012. Sky 1 did a documentary on Flintoff’s road to the boxing ring and it received a lot of publicity. He went on to compete in a four round heavyweight fight against American Richard Dawson and ended up winning the fight.
Ferdinand Could Be Making One-Off Appearance
Ferdinand could also be making a one off appearance as a professional boxing fighter but there is no indication as of now as to when he will fight or who he will fight. Rio Ferdinand has taken to social media during the past few weeks to call out professional fighters like David Haye, Tony Bellew and Tyson Fury.
There are many boxing pundits who believe that boxing is suffering and in decline because the international boxing association and federation is allowing individuals with no professional boxing background to fight professionally because of their celebrity status and their ability to bring in the money. Andrew Flintoff received a lot of flak and so did Conor McGregor – if Ferdinand does confirm his entry into the boxing ring, he will undoubtedly cop a lot of flak from boxing fans.