Rio Ferdinand retired from professional football, then lost his wife, and two years later, lost his Mom; both due to cancer. Having lost my Dad to cancer as well, all I can say is “Fuck Cancer”. It is a horrible disease.
What has Rio decided to do to get through the grief? He has decided to pursue a new career as a boxer.
The 38-year old insists it is not a publicity stunt, but more of a fitness endeavour where he can again challenge himself like he did while playing football. Life after football can be rather boring and there is a huge void since there is no element of competition anymore. Many players struggle with retirement, and a study done last year concluded that a third of football players are divorced within 12-months of retiring. Crazy statistic I know!
Betfair, a huge sportsbook in the UK, has sponsored Rio on his boxing journey. Very nice of them to do this…LOL! A documentary will be filmed following Rio daily on this new journey, which has me somewhat interested to see how he performs in the ring.
Seconds out, Round #1 – Good Luck Rio! Keep the hands up, bob and weave, and whatever you do, don’t get hit! It hurts…