Rio Ferdinand introduced final month he’s to embark on a brand new undertaking in skilled boxing on the age of 38.
The former Manchester United captain, who has been retired from soccer since 2015, has teamed up with Betfair to release the ‘Defender to Contender’ marketing campaign.
He is about to procure his boxing license this yr and feature a certified bout which he has claimed “can’t be a gimmick”.
And the scoop has no longer handed his former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo through, who has since poked a laugh on the ex-defender.
Speaking on the release of Ronaldo’s CR7 Nike Mercurial boots, Ferdinand interviewed the 32-year-old.
He requested him the place he noticed his profession in 10 years and whether or not he would win extra Ballon d’Ors to which he spoke back: “In 10 years…
“In 10 years it is going to be tricky, perhaps I’ll do boxing such as you.”
The commentary put the pair in stitches and Ferdinand probed additional, asking if he would struggle as a super-middleweight.
“No, no, no I don’t want that,” Ronaldo added.
Discussing his transfer into the sector boxing previous this week, Ferdinand advised BBC Breakfast: “I need to see if I will get a licence and change into a certified and feature one struggle.
“It’s not that i am having a look to have a profession right here. I’m having a look to have a certified struggle and I will be able to see the place I am going then. It would possibly grasp me and say ‘I need to keep in right here’.
“I’m taking this critically, this isn’t a shaggy dog story, with a bit of luck I will be able to get a license, move directly to change into a certified and struggle somebody.
“Boxing cannot be a gimmick. If I take it evenly I will be able to get harm.”