Speaking about his decision to take up the daunting challenge, Ferdinand said: "When Betfair approached me about the Defender to Contender challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw".
The ruthless world of boxing in which Ferdinand now finds himself will of course offer new requirements for his muscle-bound body to cope with.
The 38-year-old said he "always had a passion" for boxing and a new challenge was "the flawless opportunity to show people what's possible".
"Listen, I have won titles".
To his credit, Flintoff admitted his goal was just to fight once in the pro ranks, whereas Ferdinand is talking about "winning a belt" and potentially being in the sport for years to come - despite his already veteran years.
"A lot of people sit and watch huge fights, plus other sporting events and say "I can do that" or "they've messed it up", he told Standard Sport.
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"It's something for me to focus on after the last couple of years", said the 38-year old former football defender, who now works as a pundit with BT Sport and the BBC.
While another said: "Good luck with the boxing career rio, if it's anything like your football career then you'll be up there with the best.".
His aim will be to gain a license from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) before eventually competing for a title.
Betfair is preparing Ferdinand by assembling a team of world-class boxing and conditioning experts to support him throughout the journey, including former WBC super-middleweight Champion turned Team GB trainer Richie Woodhall.
Ferdinand will not be the first former Premier League footballer to lace up a pair of gloves.
The Londoner, who won 81 caps for England, was in attendance when Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April and posed for pictures with the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.