'I Just Want 1 Fight' Rio Ferdinand Insists He Isn't Looking to Have a Boxing Career

Kavan Flavius

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand claims he isn't seeking a career in boxing, despite recently announcing his intentions to pursue a belt in the ring.

The Englishman, whose venture is being backed by betting firm Betfair, said: "I'm doing this because it's a challenge. I've won titles and now I'm aiming for a belt."

Rio Ferdinand Press Conference London
Rio Ferdinand Press Conference London

Speaking on ​BBC Breakfast, however, Ferdinand explained that he wasn't looking for a career as a boxer and only wants one fight.

"I want to see if I can get a licence and become a professional and have one fight," he remarked.

"I am not looking to have a career here. I am looking to have a professional fight and I will see where I go then. It might grab me and say 'I want to stay in here'."

The 38-year-old revealed that he does not have an opponent as yet, also insisting that he will not be taking things lightly as he could suffer serious damage.

"I need to get a license first, " he added. "I am taking this seriously, this is not a joke, hopefully I will get a license, go on to become a professional and fight someone. Boxing can't be a gimmick. If I take it lightly I will get hurt."

Ferdinand won six Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy with Manchester United before moving to Queens Park Rangers and then retiring. He has since taken up a career as a pundit and also owns his own line of clothing.


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