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Rio Ferdinand set for professional BOXING debut at the age of 38

There is a press conference tomorrow in London, where the Man United legend will talk about his decision

Andrew Flintoff, Conor McGregor and now Rio Ferdinand… everyone reckons they’re a boxer these days.

The former Man United and England defender is set to become a boxer for a television documentary.

The 38-year-old hopes to show what it takes to become a professional in the ring.

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And Ferdinand — who will make the announcement tomorrow — could have a bout at the end of the series in the same vein as Flintoff back in 2012.

Flintoff was victorious in his only pro fight to date as he outpointed American boxer Richard Dawson.

Ferdinand has previously shared clips of him working out on the punch bag on Instagram, but the move will come as a big surprise in the world of sport.

On one video posted to social media showing him sparring, Ferdinand wrote: "Boxing Fridays.... left right left right... boom! Don't beat around the bush."

He then copied in Fury asking: "When you get your licence back?

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Rio Ferdinand has appeared to be a big fan of the art of boxing in his workout sessions

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Rio Ferdinand has appeared to be a big fan of the art of boxing in his workout sessions

In another clip he called out the three UK boxing heavyweights, captioning it: "Boxing session this morning... heavyweight division up for grabs.

"Lets have it... you want some."

He was also ringside for Anthony Joshua's stunning KO victory against Wladimir Klitschko, and even entered the ring at the end to hold Joshua's belts.

Former Sheffield United and Birmingham professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse and ex-Norwich man Leon McKenzie have both made the switch to boxing.

But Ferdinand is not expected to make a career out of this, although he could well have a one-off bout at the end of his training camp.

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And Woodhouse took to Twitter to message Ferdinand as the news broke tonight.

Days after he won his comeback fight against Arvydas Trizno, 37-year-old Woodhouse tweeted: "No pressure champ" and tagged in Ferdinand.

Woodhouse then defended Ferdinand's choice, as he tweeted: "Wish Rio Ferdinand all the very best if he decides to give pro boxing a go.

"Who is anybody to say what he can or can't do. Live your life."

Flintoff won his one and only fight against American puncher Richard Dawson

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Flintoff won his one and only fight against American puncher Richard Dawson
Rio Ferdinand tests his reflexes during reaction drill as he attempts to become a pro boxer