When the former footballer, Rio Ferdinand, announced he wanted to embark on a career in boxing, it saw a few eyebrows raised.
Ferdinand, backed by the betting company Betfair as part of the ‘Defender to Contender’ challenge, wanted to follow in the footsteps of other sportsmen, most notably Curtis Woodhouse and Freddie Flintoff, in climbing through the ropes.
However, Ferdinand’s boxing career appears to be over before it has even started with the British Boxing Board of Control refusing the 39-year-old a professional boxing licence.
Naturally, Ferdinand is disappointed and has remarked to the media about the decision, on his Facebook site,
“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.”
That may be the case, but, surely, at 39-years-of-age and having no previous boxing experience, the British Boxing Board of Control have made the correct decision.
Or, do you believe Rio has been given a rash deal?
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