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Former Man United star Wayne Rooney ‘holds talks with Misfits Boxing about big-money fight with KSI’s promotion in shock move away from football after his sacking as Birmingham boss in January’

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  • However, he is weighing up his options before commiting to any new venture
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Wayne Rooney is reportedly in talks with KSI‘s Misfits Boxing brand over taking part in a big-money fight. 

The ex-Manchester United forward, a big boxing fan, is mulling over pulling on his gloves for a one-off bout. 

Rooney has been out of work since he was sacked by Birmingham City on January 2 after just 15 games in charge and a run of dismal form. 

And he could be set for another bruising encounter, this time of a more literal variety, as reported by the Daily Star and the Daily Mirror

Since its launch in 2022, Misfits has welcomed a smorgasbord of celebrities and would-be stars. 

Wayne Rooney is reportedly in talks to join KSI's Misfits Boxing promotion for a one-off fight

Wayne Rooney is reportedly in talks to join KSI’s Misfits Boxing promotion for a one-off fight

KSI helped to establish Misfits Boxing in 2022 and it has grown into a major, but criticised and controversial, promotion

KSI helped to establish Misfits Boxing in 2022 and it has grown into a major, but criticised and controversial, promotion

Rooney is a big boxing fan and regularly attends fights (pictured with Paul Smith)

Rooney is a big boxing fan and regularly attends fights (pictured with Paul Smith)

Internet sensations such as KSI, Logan Paul, and Jay Swingler, music stars like Ashley and Myles from Rak-Su, and a host of other personalities have competed. 

Streamed on DAZN, it attracts millions of pay-per-view fans and has visited venues across England and the Unitd States. 

Rooney is reportedly waiting to see what options open up for him before committing to undertaking a new challenge in the ring. 

Despite his disaster at Birmingham, where he replaced John Eustace and plummeted the side from sixth to 20th in the Championship, his managerial career has showed some semblance of promise. 

He won admirers for sticking out a difficult period at Derby County, where he was saddled with a 21-point deduction in 2021/22 and was relegated from the Championship.

He then went on to manage DC United in the MLS but only won 14 of his 53 games in charge. 

Rooney will be hoping to do better on his boxing debut than when was famously knocked out by then United team-mate Phil Bardsley.

The two players were sparring in Rooney’s kitchen and Bardsley caught the striker, knocking him to the floor. A video later appeared showing the knockdown and the story made national news.

Rooney then performed an iconic celebration referencing the incident as he mimicked being knocked out when he scored against Tottenham at Old Trafford days later.

Rooney mimicked being knocked out by Bardsley when he scored against Spurs at Old Trafford

Rooney mimicked being knocked out by Bardsley when he scored against Spurs at Old Trafford

The ex-United star pretended to box before hilariously falling to the ground in an iconic celebration

The ex-United star pretended to box before hilariously falling to the ground in an iconic celebration 

Bardsley recalled the hilarious moment on the UTD Podcast in 2021. ‘We were having a drink, having a laugh, playing guitar and the next minute these boxing gloves appear! I was thinking: ‘what’s going on here?’

‘So my brother steps up, has a go with Wazza and obviously he loves his boxing, doesn’t he? He loves scrapping. And then I’m like: ‘give us them, I’ll have a go’.

‘He’s throwing a few bombs and obviously he’s a big lad, isn’t he? Strong. We’re exchanging blows – the Crocky [Croxteth] kid and the Salford kid, there’s no holding back!

‘He just walked into a jab. He was only out for a couple of seconds but we were all panicking – what’s going on here?

‘We didn’t know what to do, panic stations and we had no phone signal. ‘We were all thinking: ‘if he doesn’t open his eyes, we can’t phone an ambulance, there’s no signal.’ So much panic!

‘Anyway, he comes around, goes to the sink. I’ve got a big cut lip, blood everywhere and he’s got some blood under his nose and we’re just looking at each other and laughing.’


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