Updated: 06/09/2012 15:16 | By pa.press.net

Flintoff plans boxing career

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff is planning a new career as a boxer

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff is planning a new career as a boxer

Former England cricket star Andrew Flintoff has announced his intention to become a professional boxer and make his debut in Manchester in November.

The 34-year-old is planning to fight in a heavyweight bout at the city's MEN Arena on November 30, although he must first be granted a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control. He is being trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and McGuigan's son Shane, and his preparations are set to be turned into a two-part television documentary.

"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," Flintoff 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. The stakes are high."

Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, said Flintoff had not yet applied for a licence, and the Board had not received an application for the show in question.

However, the licence application process normally lasts anything up to six weeks, giving Flintoff enough time to apply in the near future and fight - if his application is successful - on the November date.

Smith said: "Andrew Flintoff has not applied, nor has he been interviewed by anyone from the British Boxing Board of Control.

"An application can take three to four weeks or longer depending on the circumstances. He will have to pass medicals and there are measures in place to see whether an applicant can actually box."

Flintoff would not be the first professional sportsman to undertake a boxing career with no experience. Former Sheffield United footballer Curtis Woodhouse made his boxing debut in 2002 and has won 16 of his 20 contests.

Smith added: "It is quite unusual. We haven't had many people apply with no experience at all, but there is a history of footballers and rugby league players taking up boxing, and Curtis Woodhouse has done so very well."

06/09/2012 15:19
Suppose he could fight Audley Harrison, at least nobody would get hurt. Flintoff would never land a punch and Harrison never throws any.
06/09/2012 15:30
i think freddies been watchin too much of the rocky movies
06/09/2012 11:18
andrew leave it lad or you will get hurt most boxers start at junior age and are well used to being punched whereas you are not my friend so leave the boxing to others you could always do other things just as challenging which doesn't include getting battered.
06/09/2012 12:51
Ryan Lowther, you know know his name is Andrew like the rest of us, but we know more than you because his nickname is " Freddie "....Hence why people are calling him Freddie !!  You really know your cricket !!!
06/09/2012 16:31
leave it out! the bloke couldnt stay in shape as a cricketer, boxer are trained to the peak, unless hes fighting Mr Meldrew i see a cheap tv stunt to boost his morrisons adverts.
06/09/2012 11:38

Freddie dont be daft! Ive boxed since I was 10 and had my nose broken 4 times at least! That nice little aiming point will go in a matter of seconds of being in the ring with a half decent boxer. Fight over. As the man has said you need to be vv fit to last 3 rounds in an amateur bout let alone a pro bout!!! Freddie has never been very fit and having seen him recently hes a mile away from being fight fit!  Stick with the TV stuff buddy youre out of your league on this one! :)


06/09/2012 15:25
freddie doin pad work as part of your cricket training with pietersen or strauss holding the pads and sayin u got a good punch on you does not mean you are automatically qualified as a boxer. the only way u might be victorious is if they allow you to take a cricket bat with you in the ring, 
06/09/2012 11:43
I think you`ve all missed the point, he is not setting out to be a "contender" this appears to be a one off for tv....does anybody really think he will be starting at the bottom at his age?
I think Flintoff will fail spectacularly at his new chosen career, because boxing is so physically hard. The majority of first time tough guys who think they can make it in the ring get a nasty surprise after boxing only half a round. For a start, most guys will find it physically draining to keep their hands up for more than a few seconds, and when your opponent keeps jabbing you in the face with straight lefts or rights, the punches really hurt after a short time. Freddie, be a sports commentator, boxing is a tough way to earn a living.
06/09/2012 13:14
get a grip ryan lowther you muppet
06/09/2012 12:29
06/09/2012 12:46
Perhaps one of our Aussie friends an ex ashes player will step forward to take him on Mervyn Hughes step forward my man!...All this is going to appeal to is the wwf/e wrestling brigade....just can`t see it being serious boxing but i do have to admit i admire the guy!
06/09/2012 12:24
Who'se he going to fight Mike Gatting? Leave boxing to the pros mate could end up with a lot worse than wounded pride.
06/09/2012 16:36
Don't forget folks, this is all about money!! 2 part tv doc?? These celebs take the rest of us for a ride! Whilst we are in a recession, and people are struggling, and in some cases really struggling, the entertainment and sport business carry on as though everything is alright. Of course it is for them because the recession does not effect them, never as done, and never will....that is because we are all stupid enough to buy their tickets and watch them on tv etc....it would be an interesting scenario if we all stopped watching and buying!!!
06/09/2012 16:57
If at age 34 you are too old for a women's game like cricket what on earth makes you think you can take up a man's sport. You could end up seriously injured or dead.
06/09/2012 12:07
It's not enough to have made his money .... he wants to get punched as well now !!   Lol
06/09/2012 11:53
One off or not he is intending to register as a pro and fight in a pro and licensed enviroment the article suggests. Therefore the risk of getting hurt and the challenge is the same regardless of the TV documentary deal. To become a contender for any title he will have to box a lot of bouts over a number of years and earn a meagre amount but with his celebrity status the TV doc gives him a bigger income. Brave but perhaps somewhat misguided I think. I agree the age and the fact that Freddie likes a beer and food will be his biggest obstacles. 
06/09/2012 16:40
Better stay off the Kebabs and nights out in the town! 
06/09/2012 17:37
It's quite funny how many people are quick to slag Freddie off for this and say aww it's all a publicity stunt to make us interested.. aren't you fueling that interest by obsessing over it with nasty/uneducated comments?
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