September 6, 2012

English cricket

Flintoff's latest venture

Alex Winter
Andrew Flintoff relaxes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi, November 1, 2009
Andrew Flintoff has embraced the celebrity culture since retiring  © Getty Images


Seemingly bored once more with retirement, Andrew Flintoff has decided he will turn his hand to boxing in his latest search for publicity. Flintoff will be trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan ahead of his debut fight in Manchester on November 30. The training regime will be turned into a two-part documentary.

"It's a huge challenge - probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time-frame," Flintoff said. "I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high."

Since retirement, Flintoff spent 18 months living in Dubai before moving to Surrey because he "missed the sunshine". He has been a captain on sports panel shows, the celebrity face of Morrisons supermarket, a guest commentator (briefly) on darts and his greatest role to date, the star of Freddie Flintoff vs The World, in which he explored bat caves in Borneo, tracked wallabies in the Australian outback and faced Kyran Bracken in a shooting challenge in the American desert - boxing sounds quite mundane by comparison.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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