Rio Ferdinand to announce pro-boxing career

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is reportedly set to try his hand at professional boxing.

The 38-year old will confirm he is taking up the sport at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Telegraph.

Ferdinand, who has been working as a television pundit since his retirement from the game in 2015, will follow in the footsteps of other sportsmen including former cricketer Andrew Flintoff and former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse, who went on to become British light-welterweight champion in 2014.

Ferdinand has posted several videos of himself training and other boxing-related messages in recent months, including one where he calls out several boxing stars.

While this one from June that shows off his impressive ring-ready physique.

Lifestyle Workout Plan coming soon… ??

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The 81-cap former England captain, who won the Premier League six-times during a glittering career with Manchester United, will first have to apply for a professional boxing licence.