Former England cricket favourite Andrew Flintoff rebounded from hitting the canvas to box his way to victory on his professional debut.
Andrew Flintoff said he will use pre-fight nerves to his advantage for his professional boxing debut in Manchester.
Ex-England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff is aiming to become a big hitter in sport once more - as a heavyweight boxer.
The Daily Telegraph's boxing correspondent Gareth A. Davies said Andrew Flintoff "looked like a complete, very raw novice, which is exactly what he is. A guy who's got a professional licence after only five months in the gym and no experience whatsoever of any boxing prior to that".
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.
Bit sore today , the support from everyone out there made such a difference I can't thank you enough x
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.
Night all...what a day!!! Samba,double dip spray tan and @flintoff11 wins a boxing match....
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.
Congrats to my man @flintoff11 to win is a gr8 effort but to get off the canvas to win shows your character
While celebrity Flintoff fans also weighed in with their own compliments:
One of the gutsiest things I've ever watched. Take a bow, Andrew Flintoff! @flintoff11
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.
Former cricketer Andrew Flintoff weighed in at 15st 6lb today ahead of his professional boxing debut against American Richard Dawson at the Manchester Arena tomorrow.
The 34-year-old lost three-and-a-half stone for the fight, while his competitor is two stone heavier.
Flintoff told reporters at a press conference today: "The wonderful thing about Twitter is I didn't realise how many people wanted to punch me! I get offers left, right and centre now.
"There's a lot of people who are passionate about boxing and they want to protect it, but hopefully they'll see with what we've done ... hopefully it will attract different spectators to boxing and it will show boxing for how hard it is, the sacrifices that fighters make and the journey they go on."