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Cricketer Andrew Flintoff eyes professional boxing debut

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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 license and is set to begin life as a prizefighter at heavyweight.

“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.

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