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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:

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

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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