Rio Ferdinand has confirmed he is hanging up his boxing gloves, despite not having a single professional fight.
The former Manchester United defender announced back in September his plans to step into the ring, following a successful career in football.
He also revealed that he was hoping to be granted a boxing licence for a professional fight in 2018, but it seems he was unable to secure one.
In a statement on Instagram, Ferdinand wrote: "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#DefendertoContender challenge.
"Despite having never felt better physically or mentally, After notifying the British Boxing Board of Control of my intention to apply for a licence, I have received confirmation that they would not be reviewing my application at this point in time.
"To say I’m disappointed by this decision is an understatement.
"To not be given the chance to demonstrate my ability to the BBBoC through the standard assessment afforded to others is hard to take, not only for me, but also to @richie_woodhall, @meldeane12 and the countless others who have dedicated their time to my boxing development over the past five months.
"Boxing is a physically tough, demanding and dangerous sport. I always gave it my utmost respect and never underestimated how difficult it would be. I wanted to show people that it’s OK to have a goal and strive to reach it.
"It’s important to approach everything with success in mind, and to give it your all, but sometimes things work against you.
"This sport has given me a new focus and drive and is something I will continue to do as part of my fitness regime.
"I’d like to say thank you to Betfair, Richie Woodhall, Duke McKenzie, my team at @neweraglobalsports, the guys at @teamgb Boxing and everyone who has supported me so far. It’s been a great journey."
Ferdinand works as a presenter for BT Sport, where he provides analysis on Premier League and Champions League matches.
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