LATE, LATE STARTER
TUESDAY September 19, 2017
THE new-found lure of boxing for famous footballers attracts another participant as Rio Ferdinand announces his intention of becoming a professional boxer. Ferdinand is 38 years old and retired from a footballing career as a skilled central defender that took in West Ham, Leeds United and Manchester United a club level, plus numerous appearances for England.
Ferdinand is currently working as a football pundit for BT Sport but will try to follow in the footsteps of other footballers-turned-boxers like Curtis Woodhouse and Leon Mckenzie.
Woodhouse represented Sheffield United and Birmingham City, plus the England under21s, before embarking on a pro boxing journey that culminated in his holding the British superlightweight title. Curtis, who recently returned after a three-year break, said: “Wish Rio all the 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.”
Mckenzie recently retired after being knocked out by Cello Renda. The Croydon man, who comes from a famous boxing family, played for the likes of Norwich City before taking up boxing quite late.