When it was announced that Andrew Flintoff or ‘Freddie’ as he is more commonly known, would be entering into the boxing ring, a few raised eye brows were certainly made.
Freddie Flintoff who was without doubt one of the most natural gifted cricketer’s England has ever produced, but certainly no-boxer! (or so we thought) If he wasn’t in the headlines for his cricketing ability, it would more likely be for his ‘boozing’, not always the perfect role model for a sportsmen!
But on Friday the 30th November 2012 at the MEN arena, Freddie made his boxing debut against American: Richard Dawson – following 4 months of intensive training under the stewardship of Barry Mcguigan and his son Shane.
Even though Freddie was victorious, he has come in for fierce criticism from certain quarters of the boxing fraternity, branding the fight a ‘farce’ and ‘circus’. Putting aside the criticism he has received, I think Freddie should be paid some respect, as he demonstrated the discipline required to become a professional boxer, the personal sacrifices he made in conditioning himself physically and mentally to enter into a boxing ring, and the desire to step out of his comfort zone and place his head above the parapet—for this he has to be applauded!
Does Freddie, have a career in boxing; very unlikely! But he would probably agree with us all there.
What he will have gained from the whole experience is a huge amount of respect for professional boxers; who sacrifice years of their life to the noble art.
And finally, Freddie: well done, in setting yourself a goal and achieving it! I think you now deserve a pint or two of your favourite amber nectar!