Andrew Flintoff may have had an injury-ravaged cricket career, but is still keen to continue as a sports professional. The only catch is, this time it’s boxing.
According to an ESPN report, the former England captain is set to make his first appearance in a boxing ring on November 30th at the MEN arena in Manchester.
The 34-year-old will be mentored by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuiga and has already been training since a month. No opponent has been announced for Flintoff’s highly anticipated debut.
“This is an amazing opportunity to try a sport that I love, to be tutoured by a man I respect and admire and, at the age of 34, the chance to be a professional sportsman again,” Flintoff said.
Flintoff admitted that it was the greatest challenge he had ever undertaken: “It’s a huge challenge – probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time frame. The stakes are high.”
The former all-rounder played 79 Test matches for England before retiring and is yet to apply for a license to the British Boxing Board of Control.
A documentary on his preparations for the bout will be aired on Sky television.
Read the full ESPN story here.