Andrew Flintoff insists fight debut is no gimmick

Andrew Flintoff has been criticised for supposedly not taking his boxing seriously, but the former England cricketer insists it's no gimmick.

updated: November 27, 2012 11:48 IST
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London: Former England cricket hero Andrew Flintoff has found himself on the back foot even before he throws his first punch for money in the boxing ring on Friday night.

Freddie, as he is fondly known in Britain, is being filmed as part of a documentary series on Sky television, "Flintoff: From Lord's To The Ring", which culminates in his professional boxing debut against American Richard Dawson.

For the past five months the 34-year-old Flintoff has been trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and his son, Shane, as he gears up for four two-minute rounds against Dawson, who has won both his previous fights.

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