Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand ‘aiming for a belt’, links up with trainer Richie Woodhall for pro move

Former Manchester United, Leeds United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has confirmed an attempt to become a professional boxer.


The 38 year-old, who retired from playing in 2015 following almost two decades at the top of the game, says, ‘he wants a belt’ as Ferdinand bids to emulate ex-Birmingham City and Sheffield United man Curtis Woodhouse.


Since stepping away from football two years ago, Ferdinand suffered a personal tragedy as he lost his wife to illness and has since been keeping busy with TV work.


A run in the pro ranks beckons for Ferdinand though, provided he can make the grade, with former boxing champion Richie Woodhall to oversee the one-time England captain’s brave move.