Former England Cricket star Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is hoping to make his professional boxing debut at the MEN Arena on November 30 after announcing his intention to return to sport.
The 34 year-old, who won the Ashes with England in 2009, retired from Cricket in 2010 and has so far been content with appearances on hit Sky 1 show ‘A League of their Own’ until his recent career decision.
The Preston-born sportsman, who has also starred in numerous TV ad campaigns, now intends to apply to the British Boxing Board of Control for a professional licence and is set to begin life as a prizefighter in the heavyweight division.
“This is an amazing opportunity to try a sport that I love, to be tutored by a man I respect and admire and, at the age of 34, the chance to become a professional sportsman again,” said Flintoff.
“It’s a huge challenge – probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time-frame.
“I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high.”
Flintoff’s new career is sure to draw crowds as the former Lancashire all-rounder is well-liked and has a mass following in his previous sport. Whether he can cut it in the tough fight game remains to be seen, but there will surely never be a dull moment where ‘Freddie’ is involved, that is for sure.