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Wayne Rooney ‘holds talks over boxing match’ with KSI’s company in surprise career move

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Wayne Rooney could move away from football and into the boxing ring after reportedly holding conversations with Misfits Boxing.

The former Birmingham manager was axed from his post at St. Andrew’s in early January after a disastrous run of results that had the Blues fighting relegation.

But rather than aim for another job in coaching, it appears that the Manchester United legend is ready to rumble instead.

According to the Daily Mirror, Rooney has been speaking to KSI’s boxing label Misfits Boxing over appearing at one of their next events.

Boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland runs the company alongside YouTube star KSI, which has hosted events including OnlyFans models, YouTube stars and MMA fighters in the past.

And Rooney could be the latest celebrity cameo as he looks to fulfil a lifelong dream as a huge boxing fan himself.

Rooney stepping into the ring would be a remarkable change in career considering he was parachuted in at Birmingham last year.

The former England international had been building his CV as a coach after performing well at Derby County before becoming D.C United manager.

However, his shocking record at Birmingham was laid bare after getting the sack after just 15 matches in charge where he won two games.

Nevertheless, a move to boxing would be a huge surprise – though Misfits are not under the British Boxing Board of Control.

That means that any potential match-up would not be a competitive boxing fight, though the ex-striker could appear in an exhibition clash.

DAZN hold broadcasting rights for Misfits fights, which have included some audacious bouts including tag-team fights and battles between OnlyFans models.

The boxing label has brought controversy upon itself in the past with ugly scenes at weigh-ins and press conferences, as well as overhyped promotions.

There has been no agreement clinched with Rooney over taking part in one of their future events, though.

It could take a major significant amount of cash to convince the 38-year-old to get involved.

Rooney’s boxing past includes him walking out with Ricky Hatton for his fight against Jose Luis Castillo in 2007.

And the avid boxing fan has been ringside for several fights in the past, including watching Manchester favourite Anthony Crolla in his title defence against Jorge Linares in 2016.

Rooney was even a member of an amateur boxing club in his hometown Liverpool when he was a kid while an infamous clip of him boxing Phil Bardsley went viral of the ex-defender knocking him out.

The following weekend, he scored for United and celebrated in now-iconic fashion by shadowboxing before pretending to be knocked out.