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Rio Ferdinand only planning to have single fight as a professional boxer

Ferdinand played for England and Manchester United. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that his aim in boxing stretches little further than having one fight.

The former footballer, who played for Manchester United and England, announced last month that he is attempting to switch sports at the age of 38 and has been backed by bookmakers Betfair.

Ferdinand had previously said he had ambitions of challenging for a belt but has now admitted he does not see the move into boxing as a change of career.

He told BBC Breakfast: "I want to see if I can get a licence and become a professional and have one fight.

"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."

Despite his admission, Ferdinand was adamant his attempt to become a boxer was something he is taking seriously.

He said: "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."

If Ferdinand successfully obtains a license from the British Boxing Board of Control, he will follow fellow former footballers Curtis Woodhouse, Leon McKenzie and Leo Roget in doing so.

However, his career plans more closely mirror former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who won his only professional fight over four two-minute rounds against American Richard Dawson at Manchester Arena in 2012.

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Rio Ferdinand backs a vote to remain in the EU

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has followed in David Beckham's footsteps and also backed a vote to Remain.

Ferdinand said "I haven't liked what I've seen" from the Leave campaign and he was taught how "no individual is bigger than the team".

He said: "I think all the focus on immigration has been a real shame. I don't want Britain to become an angry and mean-spirited country. I think there's a danger that, if Leave wins, it'll be an endorsement of the idea that it's OK to blame all our problems on foreigners."

He added: "Sir Alex Ferguson always taught us that no individual is bigger than the team; that just because we played for Man United – a massive, famous club – didn’t mean we could swan around doing our own thing. We had to work even harder, and be even more of a team, to get where we wanted to be. And I think Europe is a bit like that."

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Ferdinand says Giggs would be a gamble for Man Utd

Rio Ferdinand thinks Manchester United would be taking a risk if they appointed Ryan Giggs as their next manager.

Ferdinand has been speaking about who Man United's next manager might be. Credit: Reuters

Louis van Gaal's position as United boss has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after his team slipped down the Premier League table after exiting the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho has been tipped to succeed Van Gaal if he is sacked and Giggs, who is the Dutchman's assistant, has also been mentioned as a possible successor.

Ferdinand, who played alongside Giggs for 12 years, acknowledges the Welshman would stick to the club's long-founded traditions of playing attractive football and bringing through youth players.

But he also concedes it would be a gamble appointing someone with no long-term managerial experience.

Ferdinand told NDTV:

Jose Mourinho's name is getting mentioned. If you want someone whose got a career track record in winning in the Premier League and various other countries, then he's that guy.

But if you want someone who understands the philosophy, whose respectful of the philosophy, who identifies with the fans, knows the place inside out, who's going to be a bigger risk, then Ryan Giggs is that guy.

– Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand

Rio blasts 'overpriced' English players

Rio Ferdinand says that English footballers are so overpriced it's a 'joke'.

The former Man Utd defender posted the following message on Twitter after Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham's Harry Kane have been linked with big money moves to Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.

It looks as though Raheem Sterling would cost City £50m and Harry Kane would cost United £40m - whereas two of the Premier League's outstanding players in Sergio Aguero, who cost just £38m and Alexis Sanchzez, who Arsenal paid £32m for - would perhaps represent better value for money.

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