Manchester, Nov 27: Former Englnad cricketer Andrew Flintoff who has pinned hopes on his boxing career, has said that his professional boxing debut is not a publicity stunt ahead of his maiden boxing ring on Friday.
Flintoff who has represented England in 79 Tests and 141 ODIs, decided to take up boxing as a career after announcing his retirement from international cricket in 2010.
The former England cricketer, who is being trained by former feather-weight champion Barry McGuigan and his son for the last five months is all set to make his professional boxing debut on Friday.
Talking about his new career, the 6 feet 4 inches tall former England cricketer said that it was not a publicity stunt and was not motivated by the intention to make a documentary series about it.
Freddie, is being filmed as a part of a documentary series on Sky Television, "Flintoff: From Lord's to the Ring," who is all set to meet America's Richard Dawson on Friday.
"I understand people are protective of the sport, but I'm going in the ring on Friday and that's what all my energy is going into," Flintoff told AFP.
"They need to watch me and give me a chance. Through the fight and documentary, I want to show what sacrifices boxers go through and things that your casual sports fan might not necessarily realise about boxing," Flintoff said.
Flintoff defended his decision to take up professional boxing as he was interesting in boxing and would try to make it big in his new career.
"There's no talk of disrespecting boxing but of celebrating boxing, and I hope I manage to do that. I'm a boxing fan and sport has been very good to me over the years.
"The fight came before the TV show - the TV show is a result of getting the fight, but you saw on the TV show... that I've put the hours in," he said when
asked if he had wished to take up boxing just to feature in the documentary series.