Jamie Peacock challenges Rio Ferdinand to charity boxing match

Could we be set to see a clash of the codes of a very different kind next year?

Earlier this month, it emerged that former England footballer Rio Ferdinand was embarking on a new career as a professional boxer – and he’s now been called out by one of rugby league’s all-time greats!

Former Great Britain and England captain Jamie Peacock has laid down the challenge for Ferdinand, offering him a match in Spring of next year in Leeds to raise money for charity.

Peacock has proposed a fight at Leeds’ First Direct Arena, with a goal of raising a whopping £250,000 for charity in the process.

Speaking on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Peacock said:

And leading bookmaker Ladbrokes, sponsors of the Challenge Cup, have offered odds on a potential fight – with the bookies making Peacock the 1/2 favourite! Ferdinand is priced at 6/4.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Two legends of Leeds could lock horns in the ring next year, and right now the odds favour the hard man of rugby league over the fairy footballer.”

This would be something we could get right behind. And naturally, we’d all be cheering Peacock on every step of the way, wouldn’t we?