Rio Ferdinand invites Cristiano Ronaldo to boxing debut, reveals two fight dates for 2018

WBN 28/11/2017

Rio Ferdinand will box professionally for the first time in February, according to an interview the man himself had with Real Madrid footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

For his YouTube channel FIVE, Ferdinand ‘chilled’ with Ronaldo in a video released on Monday, although it was the current world star who began quizzing the ex-England player on his boxing career.

“Rio when are you going to have your first fight?” asked Ronaldo, to which Rio replied: “February. But then after, in June / July, I’ll have another fight,” he went on.

Ferdinand also told Ronaldo: “You should come,” which prompted a response of, ‘I’ll bring my plane’ from the World Footballer of the Year.

At 39 years old, Ferdinand is moving to pugilism late in the day and has been met with some criticism by past and present stars of the sport.

Tony Bellew gave Ferdinand both barrels recently, whilst Ricky Hatton joked he’d even come out of retirement to face the one-time Manchester United centre-back.

Others like friend Anthony Joshua have welcomed Rio to the ranks, although time will tell if Ferdinand can really cut the mustard.

A series of training videos have been widely panned and ridiculed by fight fans, who will be able to load up considerably more ammunition should Ferdinand come a cropper or failed to impress in a few months time.