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Rio Ferdinand insists he is not treating his sensational move to try and become a professional boxer 'as a circus' and claims he is ready to test himself, with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title.

The former and England captain retired from football in 2015 but will now try his hand at boxing as part of a series sponsored by bookmakers Betfair.

Ferdinand has spent the summer getting into peak condition but the former centre back turned TV pundit accepts he will need to take his new venture seriously if he is to be accepted back into the household.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is set to become a professional boxer

Former defender Rio Ferdinand is set to become a professional boxer

The former England international has signed up to Betfair's 'Defender to Contender' challenge

The former England international has signed up to Betfair's 'Defender to Contender' challenge

Ferdinand made his name as a Premier League footballer but he will be taking on a new sport

Ferdinand made his name as a Premier League footballer but he will be taking on a new sport

Ferdinand said at Tuesday's press conference: 'I've had my chin tested by a few size 10 football boots but a boxing glove will be a bit different.

'My kids just said "dad, don't get knocked out". I've got to maintain that respect when I walk through the front door so I'll be doing everything I can to make sure I don't!

'I've not going into this without thinking about the dangers. I don't look at this as a circus. I've got the utmost respect for boxing and I'm not trying to disrespect anyone, I'm taking it seriously.'

'It was mainly about testing myself,' Ferdinand added. 'Throughout my career I've got used to competition and I've fuelled myself on it. 

Since ending his illustrious football career, Ferdinand is a regular on TV screens as a pundit

Since ending his illustrious football career, Ferdinand is a regular on TV screens as a pundit

Ferdinand was in good spirits as he spoke at York Hall following his shock announcement

Ferdinand was in good spirits as he spoke at York Hall following his shock announcement

Richie Woodhall, Ferdinand and Mel Deane pose for photographers on Tuesday afternoon

Richie Woodhall, Ferdinand and Mel Deane pose for photographers on Tuesday afternoon

'I've probably been searching for that since I retired. I miss that competitive edge. It's something for me to focus on after the last couple of years.

'I've been through quite a few things in my life and this is a way of trying to channel that aggression, that anger sometimes, into

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