RIO FERDINAND was mistaken for a heavyweight boxer in the opening event between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou.
The Manchester United legend was one of several celebrities in attendance at the event and pre-fight press conference in London on Thursday afternoon.
But he was accidentally mistaken for heavyweight boxer David Adeleye by Top Rank’s main presenter for the show.
David Adeleye was apparently told by producers that he would be speaking to her, former UFC star Dan Hardy and retired boxer Carl Frampton after his opponent Fabio Wardley left the scene.
As Ferdinand turned his back on the presenters and spoke to Wardley, she said: “I think we’ll try to bring his opponent in.”
“David Adeleye, can we get him in?”
The presenter then turned to look for the unbeaten heavyweight and was confused when Ferdinand appeared in her field of vision.
She said; “No? Okay, that’s not David Adeleye, that’s Rio Ferdinand. But we’re just as happy to have you with us.”
Ferdinand gave up quicklyabout Fury’s controversial Saudi showdown with Ngannou – after he mocked Frampton for sweating in his plush costume.
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He said: “The size of these guys. If one of them makes a connection, it doesn’t matter where you come from – you will go down.”
“And thatthat it is him [Ngannou] got, he transfers that to this and he gets a punch in the chin, Tyson [that is] then he will perish.
“But I just think about his ring IQ, his footwork and his skill and what he’s shown and what he’s experienced.” [will be too much for Ngannou].”
Top Rank finally got their hands on Adeleye, with their main host making light of the previous mix-up.
This happened just before Adeleye and Wardley got into a crazy pre-fight brawl further down the line.
Things got heated when Adeleye kept telling someone to “shut up” during the media row.
The Suffolk batsman waded in and was quickly on the receiving end of a two-handed jab from his home rival
Members of both men’s teams became involved in the scuffle, during which Wardley was knocked to the ground by a left hook from an unknown person.
Wardley appeared dazed as he stood up, suffering a cut to the side of his left eye – which could potentially derail the fight.