It’s a phrase I didn’t expect to write anytime soon, but in a surprise turn of events, former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney challenged YouTuber-turned-boxer KSI to a fight.
That’s according to KSI, real name Olajide “JJ” Olatunji, who spoke about Rooney’s call when he faced the media at his press conference ahead of next month’s fight with Dillon Danis.
“It’s funny, and I hope he won’t be annoyed that I say this, but Wayne Rooney hit me and said ‘oh, we should fight’,” the 29-year-old said on Thursday.
“I said ‘no’, I just don’t want to do this. If Wayne Rooney is down I think it would be nice to have him in the [influencer boxing] space.”
Rooney has always shown an interest in sports. In fact, he was an avid boxer growing up but eventually decided to play professional football and well, the rest is history.
But it looks like he wants to pull out the gloves again. It was revealed earlier this month that Tyson Fury is preparing for a potential fight with Oleksandr Usyk by bringing in former Everton striker Rooney.
Not really. Rooney is set to join the WBC heavyweight champion in his fight camp ahead of the scheduled unification title fight.
“I spoke to Wayne last night and he’s all set,” Fury said in an interview with ITV. “But he’s right-handed, so he has to change to left-handed, left-handed. So we’re going to bring in Wayne to prepare for Usyk.”
🤩 “Rooney is a true legend!”
🥊 “He’s a big boxing fan and he comes from a family of boxers!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 8, 2022
When asked if he was joking, Fury replied: “No, [I’m being] very very serious. He agrees, so he’s going to come to camp for about four weeks and help me. I’m also a huge fan of his.”
Rooney regularly attends Fury fights and is a big fan.
“I think he’s the best we’ve seen in a long time, and I don’t think anyone is going to beat him. I think he’s an absolute legend for what he’s done for boxing,” Rooney said. to talkSPORT after Fury’s recent victory over Derek Chisora. .
“He’s entertaining, his skills are amazing, his mentality is amazing.
“If I’m being honest, I probably think he should be knighted because he wasn’t afraid to go overseas, he won titles overseas, defended them overseas. stranger and he epitomizes everything boxing is about.”
Any thoughts on a potential match-up between Wayne Rooney and KSI? Who would emerge victorious?
Let us know in the comments.