Former cricketer Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff is set to embark on
sensational career as a boxer.
The 34-year-old Lancastrian is currently being trained by former
world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and will make his ring
debut at the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 30.
Flintoff has always been a huge boxing fan and intends to test
the fistic waters as a 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 be a professional sportsman again," he said.
"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 so the stakes are
"I used to do a bit of boxing training when I played cricket and
when I interview Barry for a programme a while back I had a go on
the pads with him.
"We got chatting and the next time I saw him he asked if I'd
organised a fight yet so it's all spiralled from there."
"Training with Barry is the hardest thing I've ever done.
"I'm sparring three times a week and I'm speaking like I've got
a cold because my nose is a bit swollen.
His journey will be filmed for a special two-part documentary to
be aired on Sky 1 prior to the big night.
McGuigan said: "It is an enormous undertaking to have a
professional fight having no experience whatsoever.
"It is even more demanding when you're a legend in another
McGuigan's son Shane will work as Flintoff's strength and
An opponent for the big fight has not yet been confirmed.