RIO FERDINAND is coaching onerous for his long-awaited boxing debut with a brutal press-up routine serving to to toughen-up the Manchester United hero.
The defender-turned-contender is aiming to have his first skilled combat in 2018 after accepting the problem from a betting firm to modify sports activities.
Coach Mel Deane revealed his star pupil was understanding with a 50kg weigh on his again because the 39-year-old prepares for a February combat.
The 39-year-old is engaged on power and conditioning with Deane and honing his technical boxing expertise with former super-middleweight world champion Richie Woodhall.
When the shock profession change was introduced there was confusion surrounding Ferdinand’s objectives as the primary press launch spoke of the ex-centre-back combating for titles.
Nevertheless it seems aspirations for a cruiserweight profession have been toned down as he first should show to the British Boxing Board of Management that he’s worthy of a licence.
Betfair, the monetary power behind Ferdinand’s new job, stated: “Rio is displaying massive enchancment as he steps up his coaching on his journey to achieve an expert boxing licence.”
Ferdinand has been coaching so frequently with new girlfriend Kate Wright in his huge backyard there are stories she is going to transfer in with him and his youngsters.
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A showbiz supply informed The Solar: “She’s all however moved in already – Kate and Rio are inseparable.
“It’s the following pure step for them – after spending a lot time collectively in Dubai, it appears ridiculous that she’d transfer again to her flat in Essex.
“She already spends a number of time at Rio’s and retains a number of her stuff there too. It’s solely a matter of time till they make it official.”