sport news Rio Ferdinand announces he is 'hanging up' his gloves after BBBoC refuse his ...

By Jordan Seward For Mailonline

Published: 11:20 BST, 3 May 2018 | Updated: 11:23 BST, 3 May 2018

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Rio Ferdinand has taken a U-turn on his plan to make his boxing debut as part of Betfair’s Defender to Contender challenge after announcing the British Boxing Board of Control refused to review his application for a professional licence.

The former defender took to social media to express his disappointment on Thursday morning.

In a statement, Ferdinand said: 'Having been training 4-5 times a week since announcing the aim of achieving a professional boxing licence and stepping into the ring, it is with a heavy heart that I am hanging up my gloves on Betfair’s Defender to Contender challenge.

'Despite having never felt better physically or mentally, after notifying the British Boxing Board of

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