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Rio Ferdinand gets severely trolled after latest training video

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Former professional footballer Rio Ferdinand’s much publicised switch to professional boxing has been picking up pace in recent months.

Ferdinand has been training since September 2017 and has even incorporated Team GB coach Richie Woodhall into his camp.

Back in September, the 38-year-old had this to say about his switch into boxing.

"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',” the former West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United, and QPR defender said.

"There are a lot of armchair fans wanting to pass judgement. Well, I'm going to walk the walk and actually do it.

"I'm into keeping fit and one of the big things I have missed since retiring from football in 2015 is the competition, whether it be as a team or as an individual going one-on-one against a striker.

"I just miss that chemical that comes out of you. I have not been able to replace it. This is a great way to get that back.

"I'm doing this for many reasons. I'm doing this to test myself as a man, as a human being.

"Can I change sports? Can I be a respectable performer in other sports? Can my body get through it?

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"Can I mentally get up early at 5-6am in the morning when it is dark and cold to go on long, dirty runs? Then get back, take my kids to school, go to the gym and eat properly all of the time.

"This is a test of my mind and body, that's the way I'm looking at it. I'm not looking at it to become the world champion, I'm not stupid."

Well, judging by the 38-year-old’s latest video, he is struggling to keep to his self-imposed 5am starts!

The newly released clip shows Rio training alongside girlfriend Kate Wright, as the pair undertake circuit training at an outdoor gym.

“5am workout this morning... @meldeane12 getting us through it!!!! 💪🏽🤣”

Problem is, though, at 5am, it’s not usually bright and sunny outside – it’s pitch black.

Predictably, the former footballer has been mocked mercilessly by fans who have been happy to point out Ferdinand’s mistake.

One user pointed out that it’s not light outside this time of year, others suggested that the 39-year-old needed to get a watch and some said that Ferdinand was just having a laugh.

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Still a quality video, though.

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