Freddie Flintoff has won his first heavyweight boxing match against Richard Dawson at the Manchester Arena.
The former Lancashire and England cricketer beat his opponent 39 points to 38 at the end of four two-minute rounds.
The 5000 strong home crowd roared with delight at his success. The 34 year olds win silenced critics who thought his change in sports would "Shame the fight game" including promoter Frank Maloney.
Former Lancashire and England all-rounder makes his boxing debut tomorrow. He's topping the bill at Manchester Arena against American Richard Dawson in an eagerly-awaited heavyweight bout.
Today Flintoff fielded questions over how seriously he was taking the fight, following criticism that he was disrespecting the sport.
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