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.
British light-middleweight Brian Rose took a step towards elite level with a battling 12th-round stoppage of Joachim Alcine in Blackpool
Tyson Fury recovered from a knockdown to knock out Steve Cunningham in the seventh round of their heavyweight clash at Madison Square Garden
Brendan Rodgers marks his 50th match as Liverpool manager knowing his work in returning the club to Europe's elite has barely started.