Former England soccer captain Rio Ferdinand confirmed on Tuesday that he’ll practice to grow to be knowledgeable boxer with the last word purpose of difficult for a title belt.
The 38-yr-previous former Manchester United star, who retired from soccer in Might 2015, is participating in on-line betting agency Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” undertaking and might be coaching with former World Boxing Council’s tremendous-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall.
Ferdinand can be in search of to qualify for a British Boxing Board of Management licence earlier than beginning coaching and competing for a title belt.
“Boxing is a tremendous sport for the thoughts and the physique,” stated Ferdinand. “I’ve all the time had a ardour for it and this problem is the right alternative to point out individuals what’s potential.
“It is a problem I am not taking flippantly, clearly not everybody can turn into knowledgeable boxer, however with the workforce of specialists Betfair are placing collectively and the drive I’ve to succeed, something is feasible.”
Ferdinand, who may even work with private coach Mel Deane, added on Twitter: “It is occurring… Cannot wait to get began with the group @betfair have put collectively, @richiewoodhall and @meldeane #DefenderToContender.”
The ex-West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender, who presently works as a pundit with BT Sport and the BBC, will maintain a press convention in London on Tuesday.
Woodhall, a former Olympic bronze medallist turned Staff GB coach, believes Ferdinand has the power to show skilled.
“In all honesty, I feel Rio can undoubtedly field as knowledgeable given time,” he stated. “He has pure energy in his proper hand, is extraordinarily match and could be very enthusiastic to study, which is encouraging.
“Fashion-sensible, he is very uncooked and I am going to should develop this which can take time however he has all of the pure elements, peak and attain benefits over boxers in his weight division and undoubtedly has potential to win a title sooner or later.”
Ferdinand’s love of boxing is clear on social media, with an image on his Twitter profile displaying him draped within the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight title belts of his pal Anthony Joshua.
The Londoner, who gained eighty one caps for England, was in attendance when Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April and posed for footage with the Olympic gold medallist.
There are additionally a number of movies on his Instagram web page displaying Ferdinand coaching with the gloves.
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