Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand’s hope of becoming a professional boxer has been thrown to the wind as the British Boxing Board of Control refused to review his application.
Ferdinand, who made 312 appearances for Manchester United and had 81 international caps for the Three Lions, announced his retirement from football after Queens Park Rangers were relegated in May 2015 and had wanted to become a professional boxer.
A dissapointed Ferdinand took to his Facebook page to express his emotion about the turndown.
His statement reads, “It is with a heavy heart that I am hanging up my gloves”
“To not be given the chance to demonstrate my ability to the BBBofC through the standard assessment afforded to others is hard to take.”
“Boxing is a physically tough, demanding and dangerous sport. I always gave it my utmost respect and never underestimated how difficult it would be,” he said.
“It’s important to approach everything with success in mind, and to give it your all, but sometimes things work against you.”
The former Manchester United defender’s boxing dream was being backed by betting company Betfair, as part of the ‘Defender to Contender’ challenge and was coached by former WBC super-middleweight champion, Richie Woodhall