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Rooney KOs in amateur boxing fight in his kitchen

As a teenager, Wayne Rooney had two sporting passions: football and boxing. It seems he chose the right sport.

The Sun published a video of the Manchester United star appearing to get knocked out by former teammate Phil Bardsley as the pair indulged in some horsing around with boxing gloves in the kitchen of Rooney’s house.

The clip, believed to be taken a day after United lost 2-1 to Swansea in February, shows the pair trading light blows for about a minute before a punch from the Stoke player sends the England man reeling.

The 29-year-old is then seen laying motionless on the ground before the video cuts out.

A source told The Sun: “Wayne had everybody worried when he hit the floor like that. 

“He made such a thud when he went down and he was just on his back with his eyes closed, not moving.

“People were scared he had really banged his head and done some lasting damage.

“Everyone realised it was a stupid thing to do, but they just got carried away.”

Boxing helped

Rooney, who retains a keen interest in the sport, had previously said that his boxing background helped him as a footballer.

He said in an interview seven years ago: “I think my boxing training was beneficial in my development as a footballer, especially breaking through to the Premier League at such a young age.

“I needed that extra bit of strength that the boxing training had given me. It made it easier to play than it might have been and it’s helped me with the way my game is now.

“All through my life — from the ages of six, seven and eight — when big fights were on television, I used to stay up with my dad to watch them.

“I’ve always loved watching boxing and I went boxing training for about three or four years when I was younger. It’s a sport I’ve always been involved in.

“I was doing both boxing and football training at one stage when I was about 15. But Everton, who I was with at the time, said I had to concentrate on one of them and I opted for football.”

Good choice, Wayne.

Sources: The Sun, The Daily Mail, Mirror Online

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