Former England and Manchester United Captain Rio Ferdinand has decided to take up boxing professionally with the aim of challenging for a title belt.
The 38 year old who retired from football in May 2015 turned to boxing to channel his grief after the loss of his wife to cancer.
At a Betfair event, Ferdinand said: ”Boxing is an amazing sport for the mind and the body. I have always had a passion for it and this challenge is the perfect opportunity to show what’s possible.
”Its a challenge I’m not taking lightly, clearly not everyone can become a professional boxer, but with the team of experts Betfair are putting together and the drive I have to succeed, anything is possible”.
Ferdinand is friends with WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight title holder, Anthony Joshua and was present during his bout with Wladimir Klitschko in April and posed for pictures with the Nigerian-British boxer.
It will be interesting to find out who Ferdinand’s first boxing opponent will be. However it makes perfect sense that to fight Conor McGregor.
According to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, McGregor isn’t done with boxing and his first foray into boxing will not be the last.
The reigning UFC lightweight champion more than held his own against pound for pound fighter and five weight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas last August.
He fought valiantly till the fifth round when fatigue set in and gave the advantage to Mayweather who then picked him apart.
The Irishman was saved by the bell after referee Robert Byrd ended the fight in favour of Mayweather.
Immediately after the defeat, Mcgregor didn’t exactly rule out a possibility of another fight, saying ”We’ll see what happens”.
Rio Ferdinand versus Conor McGregor makes a lot of sense from a boxing and football stand point.
Both men are trying to make a foray into the ring and as boxers, they can be said to be ‘evenly’ matched. Although it will be McGregor’s second fight and Ferdinand’s first, McGregor doesn’t have much experience under his belt.
It would be perfect for Ferdinand who is currently training with former WBC super-middle weight champion Richie Woodhall.
”More than Boxing”
McGregor was filmed early this year proclaiming his love for Liverpool FC, hanging out of a black car topless, he proclaimed ”I’m Red…f*** Everton” to the delight of bystanders.
Rio Ferdinand spent the most of his playing career with Manchester United and eventually captained a successful team to 6 premier league title and 14 trophies.
Liverpool versus Manchester United is one of the fiercest rivalries in English football and on the pitch, there are lots of scuffles and in 49 games have seen 16 red cards which is second only to Liverpool versus Everton.
Former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse won the British light-welterweight title in 2012 after leaving the round leather game for boxing meaning there is hope for Ferdinand.
If this match happens, it will be a third North-West derby for Manchester United and Liverpool fans and surely would have plenty of entertainment value.