So who said boxing was a dying sport, eh?
Over the past number of years and across many different sports, we have seen athletes don a pair of gloves and enter the ring. If it’s rugby players such as Sonny Bill Williams or Quade Cooper or even MMA fighters such as the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor, there seems to be an appetite to try out the sport at a professional level.
Footballers are not strangers to this phenomenon, either. Remember Curtis Woodhouse? The 37-year-old became the British light-welterweight champion after a professional footballing career which yielded 347 appearances, including four appearances for the England U-21 national side.
Well, it looks like there will be another former footballer entering the ring and that is former Manchester United and England defender, Rio Ferdinand.
According to The Telegraph, a “major news announcement” is set for Tuesday of this week whereby it is expected the official announcement of Ferdinand’s intention to enter the professional ranks will be confirmed.
If you’re a follower of Ferdinand on social media, you would have seen him practising boxing in various scenarios over the last year or so but no one suspected it was anything more than a way to keep fit, regardless of Ferdinand calling out a number of British boxers in the process, including Tony Bellew, Anthony Joshua and David Haye.
2017 has certainly been the year of the unexpected when it comes to boxing, and that looks set to continue when Ferdinand’s intention to be a professional boxer is confirmed tomorrow.