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Rio Ferdinand today announced his intention to become a professional boxer.

Rio has had a tough few years and is a man desperately in need of a focus in his life. Ferdinand has now found a new sport to give him the focus and the adrenaline rush that high profile retired sportsmen miss so much after retirement.

Here at Betcity we wish him well but is this the right sport to go into at the grand old age of 38?

You can imagine the mutterings of disgust in the professional boxing ranks. Rio will no doubt be given a bigger and more lucrative platform than the average boxer who until big titles are on the horizon often struggle to survive.

At his age Rio can’t possibly start from the bottom like 99% of fighters do, there simply is not time, this will cause resentment and place a target on his head any boxer can do without.

Rio also has kids to think about who have already lost one parent, this must have entered into his calculations when deciding on such a dangerous new career.

Physically Rio has always been a bit of a freak, he is a true athlete and intelligent with it.

Many years ago you would said he has all the tools to make it in almost any sport of his choosing but at 38 make no mistake this is a shot in the dark.

Rio’s announcement comes a week after Leon Mackenzie retired after being outclassed in his last two pro fights.

Mackenzie himself had a decent football career playing 393 games and scoring 115 goals for clubs such as Norwich City and Crystal Palace but Mackenzie started his journey 4 years ago when a much younger man than Ferdinand.

Curtis Woodhouse is another ex footballer to swap sports having a decent career in the squared circle winning 22 of his 29 fights and picking up a domestic title along the way.

This will no doubt have inspired Ferdinand but Woodhouse was a good 10 years younger when switching from football.

At 38 Ferdinand will be looking at making his debut in his 40’s or risk rushing into a sport that can see serious injuries for the poorly prepared.

You can’t help but think Rio is taking a risk , a massive risk for little reward, he can forget about world titles at his age, the best he can hope for is a low level belt.

We just hope he comes out of it the way he went in as an intelligent ex footballer and a legend for club and country.

Good luck Rio and keep your guard up.

You can get 33/1 on Rio winning a British title by 2020 with William Hill

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