Fellow-cricketer challenges Andrew Flintoff to a second boxing bout
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder is looking to follow-up his successful boxing debut in June by securing a clash with former England all-rounder Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff in 2013.
The 28 year-old, who battered radio host Mark Watson in one round at the Sky Convention Centre in Auckland last summer in a head guard bout, is keen to lure Flintoff for what would be a crossover scrap from the crease to the ring.
“My people have been in touch with Freddie to try and set up a fight,” Ryder told The Independent. “I’m keen to get in the ring again, so hopefully, it will be possible to try and get that on.
“Freddie looked in good shape. He had obviously done a lot of work before his own fight. Between us, we must have shed a lot of weight.”
Ryder’s manager Aaron Klee added: “From a promoter’s perspective, a fight needs to be marketable, as typically a fight like Ryder v Flintoff will be on the undercard of a professional bout. Most boxing pundits wouldn’t pay to watch, but it pulls in others who wouldn’t normally watch.”
Flintoff, 34. is yet to confirm that he will don the gloves once again following his four-round professional win over Richard Dawson at the Manchester Arena in November and has since picked up an injury set to quell any participation in sport for a while.
Rumors have surfaced that the former England captain could return to his first love of cricket and sign up for a run in the IPL, although his advisors have rubberstamped nothing as Flintoff awaits further news long his shoulder problem will keep him out.