Rio Ferdinand to announce shock move into professional boxing

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Rio Ferdinand has announced that he plans to become a professional boxer.

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has announced his decision to venture into the world of professional boxing.

The project, called "Defender to Contender" will see the 38-year-old attain a British Boxing Board of Control (BBBOC) licence, with the long-term aim to compete for a title belt.

Ferdinand has described the challenge as "the flawless opportunity to show people what's possible" as he attempts to establish a career in a new sport two years after retiring from football.

Ferdinand, who is just two months away from his 39th birthday, is an avid boxing fan and has regularly posted videos on his social media accounts showing him in boxing training.

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The former England and Manchester United defender has partnered with betting company Betfair and will be coached by Team GB trainer Richie Woodhall. I have always had a passion for it and this challenge is the flawless opportunity to show people what's possible.

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

"In all honesty, I think Rio can definitely box as a professional given time", Woodhall said.

"It's a challenge I'm not taking lightly".

"I've been retired three years myself and one thing I missed - and he's probably going through himself at the minute - is the competitiveness of being an athlete".

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