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Maloney Says Flintoff's Green Light To Box is a Disgrace

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff's licence to fight as a pro heavyweight gives boxing a bad name, says a promoter.

The chairman of the British Boxing board should be sacked for granting former English cricket captain Andrew Flintoff a professional licence to fight, claims a high-profile promoter.

Frank Maloney said 34-year-old Flintoff's maiden bout on November 30 is an insult to the sport.

"Giving Flintoff a professional licence with no experience of boxing is a joke. It gives our sport a bad name," Maloney told reporters.

The promoter of British heavyweight champion David Price said Flintoff's foray into the world of pro heavyweight fighting is reminiscent of countryman and Olympic rower James Cracknell who was knocked out seconds after he stepped into the ring for the first time.

"They haven't named an opponent for Flintoff yet but even if they find some guy who's lost his first four pro fights, he will still be in against someone with amateur experience," Maloney said.

"It will be a terrible shock when he gets hit on the chin by a heavyweight.

"It is a disgrace (the board) have given Flintoff a licence. I told the chairman, Charles Giles, that he should be sacked for approving this scandal."

Trained by Barry McGuigan, who became world featherweight champion in 1985, Flintoff will step into the ring at Manchester for the climax of a TV reality show, The Gloves Are Off, which has documented the former cricketer's preparations to fight.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by whatismyname on 11-07-2012

Why is that phag hating? good for flintoff. I'll be watching.

Comment by NoLove on 11-07-2012

[QUOTE=Wesker115;12673903]Well the question is....If he wasn't famous, then would he have been granted a professional license? Would they have granted me one if I had randomly decided to go pro with no experience. Maloney doesn't half come across as a…

Comment by Earl-Hickey on 11-07-2012

a couple of years ago Rugby Player Sonny Bill Williams got a pro license with no experience whatsoever. at least he was in shape his OPPONENT was Auckland Builder Gary Gurr who had never been in a fight in his…

Comment by Ray* on 11-07-2012

I thought this was a publicity stunt, I didnt know he was actually fight at pro level. Well i have to agree with Maloney then, They actually gave flintoff a licence? Disgraceful...

Comment by NoLove on 11-07-2012

Maloney is a dwarf rat with Darren Sutherlands blood on his hands, but he has a point. Flintoff will be destroyed within seconds.

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