After 20 years of his football career with several clubs, Adebayo Akinfenwa is set to make his professional boxing debut just a year since retiring from the round leather game.
Having joined forces with British Anthony Ogogo, Akinfenwa who recently trained with WWE star Sheamus will make his professional debut next week as he will accompany Ogogo to the ring for his fight with Mailk in Progress wrestling on the 23rd of October.
Following series of rigorous training sessions, workouts, the forward confessed that he is hurting with real injuries.
The 40yr old, known for his charismatic personality both on an off the field, spoke exclusively to preview the event, claiming he will always have Ogogo’s back and that the world of pro wrestling is something he always thought about doing, even though he is unsure of where his debut may lead.
“I was always asked when I was coming to retirement what I was looking to do and the response was always new experiences”, he said.
“I was lucky enough to do the thing I love for 22 years but it was a profession. When you retire, it’s just freedom and experiences.”
“It’s always been in the background because of my love for wrestling. I’ve known Anthony Ogogo for a while, years. We came across each other when he was a boxer and stayed in contact and the wrestling thing never went away.”
“He unfortunately couldn’t box anymore and he found that love with wrestling and he hit me up and said: “Listen, you want to try a few bits?”
“When you find something that you enjoy it makes it a little bit easier. But then the mindset is to try new things and if it lands, it lands. I enjoy it, I’ve enjoyed the workouts, I enjoy that it’s intense.”