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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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Andrew Flintoff weighs in for boxing debut

Andrew Flintoff has lost three-and-a-half stone for his first professional heavyweight fight. Credit: PA

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.

Andrew Flintoff during the weigh in with American Richard Dawson at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester. Credit: PA

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."

Flintoff: Tom's memory will spur us on charity bike ride

Andrew Flintoff said Tom Maynard's death rocked the cricket world. Credit: ITV Wales

Former England cricket star Andrew Flintoff has told ITV Wales his hatred of long bike rides will not stop him honouring the memory of former Surrey batsman Tom Maynard.

The 23-year-old died in June when he was hit by a London Underground train.

Flintoff is joining Maynard's father Matthew, a former England international, on the 160-mile charity ride from Cardiff to London.

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