Ferdinand announced in October that he would be taking on the Betfair “Defender to Contender” challeng by becoming a professional boxer.
The 39-year-old has been working with former super-middleweight world champion Richie Woodhall towards earning a licence.
A British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) licence is a necessity for anyone wanting to fight professionally in Britain.
To earn it, Ferdinand will have to prove that he is able to defend himself in the ring and box safely.
And the former England and Manchester United captain is already said to be making serious progress.
“Rio is showing big improvement as he steps up his training on his journey to gain a professional boxing licence,” a Betfair spokesperson said.
“Week by week Richie has been upping the intensity and this week Rio experienced the challenge that comes with boxing in rounds.”
Without a licence, Ferdinand is yet to confirm who his first opponent might be but he has been inundated with offers from other footballers and boxers alike.
Former world champion and Manchester City fan Ricky Hatton is just one of those who has thrown his hat into the ring.
“I’ll make a comeback and fight him,” he told The Sun last month.
“Rio’s a great lad and a boxing fan.
“He wouldn’t have taken it up if he wasn’t going to give it a go and do it justice.”
Source : EXPRESS