Rio Ferdinand will announce on Tuesday that he plans to become a professional boxer, according to multiple reports.
The former Manchester United defender has reportedly set up a “major news announcement” for Tuesday at which he is expected to confirm he is taking up a new sport at the age of 38.
The move would be for a “television project rather than as a serious sporting endeavour.” Ferdinand will have to apply for a license to box professionally.
Now a football pundit Ferdinand has often posted videos of his workouts on social media while also exchanging banter with boxers like Anthony Joshua.
In July, Ferdinand told Men’s Health that staying in top shape allowed him to “free his mind” following his wife’s death in 2015.
Ferdinand wouldn’t be the first English footballer to move to boxing, as former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse became British light-welterweight champion in 2014.
After playing for United from 2002-14, Ferdinand moved to Queens Park Rangers for one season before announcing his retirement in 2015.