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Flintoff to make decision on boxing future after Christmas

Freddie Flintoff has admitted his debut bout "wasn't one for the purists."

He said he was momentarily confused when, after being knocked to the floor, the referee asked him his name.

And after nearly five months of training, the former England cricket captain said he was looking forward to "such a good Christmas," but said he wouldn't make a decision on a future in boxing until 2013.

Old pals and cricket fans praise Flintoff's boxing win

Andrew Flintoff's former England captain Michael Vaughan - who is trying his own hand at a different physical test on the Strictly dance floor - has led Twitter praise of his old teammate.

Former England batsman Adam Hollioake, who entered the worlds of professional boxing and mixed martial arts after his cricket career ended, singled out Flintoff's strength in fighting back to claim victory.

While celebrity Flintoff fans also weighed in with their own compliments:

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Flintoff: First boxing fight was 'out of body experience'

Andrew Flintoff has described his first boxing fight as an "out of body experience" after beginning his professional career with a win.

Sporting several bruises from his encounter with Richard Dawson, he told reporters:

I think I got the full experience. I got the canvas. I got a black eye. And I got the win. ... It was a bit wragged and arms going - I just wanted to leave it all in that ring.

Flintoff hails 'best' personal sporting victory

Andrew Flintoff told Box Nation his boxing victory was the "best" personal achievement of his sporting career. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
The cricket hero won despite being knocked down by Richard Dawson in the second round. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
But he recovered to land blows of his own in the second half of the fight. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
His performance in the four two-minute rounds saw his crowned a narrow victor by 39 points to 38. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Freddie Flintoff wins maiden heavyweight boxing bout

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff tasted victory in his first professional fight. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Flintoff fought American Richard Dawson at the Manchester Arena. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Neither man secured a knockout blow, but Flintoff was judged to have won on points. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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