– A former Central defender of the national team of England on football “Manchester United” Rio Ferdinand announced his decision to become a professional boxer, reports the Guardian.
“Boxing is a great sport for body and spirit. I was always interested in Boxing, and now I have the opportunity to show people that this (the transition from football to Boxing – if) possible,” said 38-year-old Ferdinand.
Famous former footballer in recent months, published a video of their trainings in Boxing. It is expected that about his attempt to become a professional boxer will make a documentary. The culmination of this film will be the first fight of Ferdinand.
The Guardian notes that former star of the England football team, apparently, is not planning for a long time to be in the ring and will retire after the first fight.
The newspaper reminds that two years ago, the wife of Ferdinand Rebecca died of cancer. The athlete was very upset by this tragedy. According to him, to escape from the misery he helped fitness classes and Boxing.
The article notes that in the past in the UK there have been several occasions when players, having finished career, began to engage in professional Boxing and has even achieved a relatively good results.
Rio Ferdinand started adult football career in 1995 in “West ham”, whose colours protected until the year 2000. The greatest success achieved in the “Manchester United”, where he played from 2002 to 2014. During this time he became a six-time champion of England, four times won the Supercup of England twice, League Cup once and the Champions League UEFA and FIFA club world Cup.