Recently we’ve seen in the news the example of Rio Ferdinand who’s attempting a new challenge of taking up the mantle of a professional boxer having spent the first 20 years of his career as a footballer.
Many commentators have questioned the move, pointing out that boxing is a very different sport from football and that just because Rio is physically fit, it doesn’t mean he’s capable of performing at an elite level when it comes to boxing. Whether that is the case remains to be seen as he progresses further along the path. But what we can take from Rio is that he’s obviously looking to utilise his skills and strengths. Having competed at a professional level of sport for so long, his body is in optimum fitness and it’s his physicality that is his greatest asset. Having hand-eye coordination and a natural talent for sport in general, which has been honed over the years, sets him in great stead to take up a new form of sport. Of course, it won’t be easy, but he’s recognised the opportunity to put his experience and ability to the test in a different arena.