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Old 11-29-2012, 12:02 PM
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Former England cricketer turned professional boxer Andrew Flintoff (L) and US boxer Richard Dawson pose for pictures following a press conference at the MEN Arena in Manchester, north-west England. 'Freddie, as he is known to cricket lovers around the world, will break new ground when the 34-year-old squares up to Dawson in a four-round heavyweight boxing contest at Manchester Arena for his first professional bout. Flintoff, who has lost three-and-a-half stone for the bout, weighed in today at 216lb, considerably lighter than the slightly shorter Dawson who tipped the scales at 241lb. [Click Here To Read More]
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:11 PM
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They didn't mail him in to win did they? Or are they testing this "cricket" player? Honestly this could only interest the two fighters, most likely only one!
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:22 PM
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At least Flintoff came in good shape, even cricketers take heavyweight boxing more seriously than the actual fighter. To be honest Flintoff was a great cricketer when he played but I don't know how he will do in the ring against an "actual" opponent with the tinniest amount of talent and experience. This guy is probably here to lose.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:04 PM
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At least Flintoff came in good shape, even cricketers take heavyweight boxing more seriously than the actual fighter. To be honest Flintoff was a great cricketer when he played but I don't know how he will do in the ring against an "actual" opponent with the tinniest amount of talent and experience. This guy is probably here to lose.
I watched the first episode of the TV series "From Lord's to the Ring" and despite the cynicism that's been surrounding his boxing debut, I actually found it quite inspiring. I don't think 8 months is even close to enough time to be ready to box professionally(no matter who you have in your corner) but I hope he does well. A lot of the footage they used in the first episode was from 4 months ago so when the next episode airs this evening I expect to have a more accurate idea of how he'll perform.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:42 PM
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I don't see the big deal about Freddie's pro debut, and the fears he's gonna get "killed" etc. What people don't realise is that pro-boxing is a wide spectrum of talent. I have never boxed in my life - but I'm fit and strong; I bet somewhere on this planet there's a so-called 'pro' I could beat...
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:19 PM
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Been watching the program on the lead up and it's pretty good. Some of the stuff he's done, shows he's pretty dedicated.

I don't get why he lost quite so much weight. 216 lbs?

Sheesh, for such a massive guy surely he coulda lost weight less severely, and been good at around 225?
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:33 PM
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Why get this guy from the states? surely there are enough novice or journeymen HW's in britain.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:37 PM
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On topic, I think he'll do ok in this fight. He has worked his socks off, taken the whacks in sparring and kept going. As someone that has boxed, I know that its not for the faint hearted and whether it is a gimmick or not, nobody seems to have told Freddie. The biggest enemy on the night will be nerves, if he can overcome those he will be fine. The guy is a fierce competitor and will give it everything he has.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:39 PM
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Expecting and hoping he get's knocked out.

How many rounds is it?
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:41 AM
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I lost a bit of respect for him when he retired from Test Cricket to play T/20 for the money saying he wasnt fit enough to play Test but I hope he doesnt get hurt either lol
Maybe he could fight Matthew Hayden one day
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