Zeenews Sports Bureau
Manchester: Cricketer turned boxer Andrew Flintoff won his first professional boxing match of his career in his debut match against Richard Dawson.
Flintoff beat Dawson 39-38 on points after a lively match in front of 5,000 fans at the Manchester Arena.
The former all-rounder, who rose to glory with his heroics in the 2005 Ashes series, surprised everyone after announcing to embark on a new career in boxing ring earlier this year.
The 34-year-old had been training for the past four months for this bout.
He has lost three-and-a-half stone for the fight and now weighs 216lb which is considerably lighter than his opponent who weighs 241lb.
Flintoff played 79 Test matches and 141 ODIs for England and has been one of the finest all-rounder’s the game has ever seen.
I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.