Freddie Flintoff takes boxing tips from Mike Tyson

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Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:40 [IST]
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Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff, who is awaiting his boxing debut was spotted taking boxing tips from none other than the boxing champion, Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson's words inspired me: Flintoff

Mike Tyson, the former Heavyweight champion, who has been termed as 'bad boy' for getting intense during fights, had also bit his opponent's ear, visited the gym where Flintoff was training and offered a few tips to the former England cricketer who is planning to start a career in professional boxing.

Flintoff, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2010, after injuries cut short his cricketing career which prompted him to quit cricket.

Aware of the fact that it is a brutal game, 'Freddie' wanted to take up a career in professional boxing, as he was fond of boxing since his childhood.

Flintoff who got some valuable tips from the Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, told Daily Mail that the former Champion spoke a lot about the emotions involved in boxing,

'He spoke a lot about the emotion of boxing and it was all relevant to how I was feeling,' said Flintoff.

'So to hear it from Mike Tyson made me realise it was okay for me to feel like that too.'

'He talked a lot about what he went through pre-fight and in the run up to a fight; the emotional states he was in and the nerves he experienced before he fought,' Flintoff was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

The former England cricketer lavished praise on the former Heavyweight champion, as he said Tyson's words inspired him a lot.

'He is obviously one of the best boxers ever, so hearing what he had to say gave me a lot of inspiration. I went on the pads in front of him which was a pretty surreal experience.'

An enthusiastic Flintoff, having taken the valuable tips into consideration, said that he has started implenting everything, as he is totally focused on a career in professional boxing.

'I have really taken his comments on board and I've just got my head down and am working hard to make small improvements each and every day,' said Flintoff, who has represented England in 79 Tests, 141 ODIs and 7 T20Is has claimed a total of 400 wickets during his career spanning 12 years.

Hope the tips from Mike Tyson gives Flintoff the much needed success and happiness, as the former England cricketer who retired from cricket in 2010, has decided to take up a career in professional boxing.


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