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Flintoff pro fight is a 'joke'

2012-11-06 14:18

Sydney - The chairperson 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.

According to stuff.co.nz website, 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.

Sport24

Comments
  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-11-06 14:26

    Get him to fight SBW. Two girls kissing in the ring.

      heinrich.badenhorst.395 - 2012-11-06 15:54

      Maybe your a more suitable customer than White Buffalo to fight SBW. Plenty of time for training now that the fight is postponed till Feb next year!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-06 14:47

    Paid to die.

  • clinton.carlson.108 - 2012-11-06 15:39

    I am not a boxer( never been) like freddie, but i would love to fight him. so come on freddie i challenge you. i am not joking. if you cant beat me then you have no chance in boxing . i saw your little advert on tv. you punch like a girl and you are definitely to slow.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-06 17:44

    Cricket is a girls' sport compared to boxing. The only contact he ever had on his chin was balls.

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-07 15:34

    His facial expression in the pic says it all, it's a joke much like pro cycling.

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