Boxing News - - The Week -

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.

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