Andrew Flintoff turns heavyweight boxing pro!
Flintoff has been secretly working with ring legend Barry McGuigan for the past month in a bid to prepare for his debut.
“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,” the Sun quoted an excited Flintoff, as saying.
“It's a huge challenge - probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short timeframe. I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high,” he added.
Andrew Flintoff. Photo: AFP
Meanwhile McGuigan, whose son Shane is training Flintoff, 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 sport.”
“The pressure for Freddie, myself and my son is phenomenal given the little time we have. But I'm convinced Freddie will make a successful pro debut as a boxer,” he added.
Flintoff's team said they would be seeking a professional licence for the fight, although the British Board of Boxing Control said it had not yet received an application or interviewed him.