London: Former England captain Andrew Flintoff has announced his plans of becoming a heavyweight boxer, and his debut fight would take place on 30 November in the Manchester Arena.
Flintoff has been secretly working with ring legend Barry McGuigan for the past month in a bid to prepare for his debut.
“This is an amazing opportunity to try a sport that I love, to be tutored by a man I respect and admire and, at the age of 34, the chance to be a professional sportsman again,” the Sun quoted an excited Flintoff, as saying.
“It`s a huge challenge - probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short timeframe. I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high,” he added.
Meanwhile McGuigan, whose son Shane is training Flintoff, said: “It is an enormous undertaking to have a professional fight having no experience whatsoever. It is even more demanding when you`re a legend in another sport.”
“The pressure for Freddie, myself and my son is phenomenal given the little time we have. But I`m convinced Freddie will make a successful pro debut as a boxer,” he added.
Flintoff`s team said they would be seeking a professional licence for the fight, although the British Board of Boxing Control said it had not yet received an application or interviewed him.