Ex football star, Rio Ferdinand set to become professional boxer

Rio Ferdinand is expected to announce on Tuesday, that he plans to become a professional boxer.

The former Manchester United defender, has reportedly set up a “major news announcement” for Tuesday, at which he will confirm he is taking up a new sport at 38.

The Daily Mail reported the move would be for a “television project rather than as a serious sporting endeavour.”

Ferdinand, who is currently a football pundit for BT Sport and BBC, will have to apply for a license to box professionally.

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In July, Ferdinand told Men’s Health that staying in top shape, allowed him to “free his mind” following his wife’s death in 2015.

After playing for United from 2002-2014, Ferdinand moved to Queens Park Rangers for one season, before announcing his retirement in 2015.

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