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By Chineze Ogugua

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is set to become a professional boxer.

Ferdinand will be following in the footsteps of former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse, who went on to become British light-welterweight champion after a 15-year career in football.

Woodhouse tweeted his support last night, saying: “Wish Rio Ferdinand all the very best if he decides to give pro boxing a go. Who is anybody to say what he can or can’t do. Live ya life.”

Ferdinand, the BBC and BT Sport pundit, had earlier this year posted a footage of himself in boxing training on his Instagram page. In a video uploaded in January, he can be seen doing pad work with former rugby union centre Mel Deane while calling out British boxing stars Anthony Joshua, David Haye and Tony Bellew.

However, Ferdinand will need a licence himself in order to box professionally but will he fancy a bout against the likes of Anthony Joshua or even Klischko….time will tell!


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