Manchester, Nov 30: Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who is making his professional boxing debut at Manchester on Friday evening, admitted that he was feeling nervous ahead of entering the ring.The cricketer who bid adieu to international cricket in 2010, took up boxing though he was aware that it was a 'hurting game'.
Taking up a new career at the age of 34, Flintoff admitted that he has been nervous ahead of his boxing debut.
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"I'd be lying if I said there weren't a few nerves but I've been nervous before playing cricket and used it to my advantage," Flintoff told Sky Sports News.
When asked about his new career as expectations are soaring high from the former England cricketer, Flintoff said that he is aware of the fact that critics will be watching him while he enters the boxing ring, but wants to remain focussed on his debut.
"There will be critics and doubters out there and it's a big task I've taken on. I'm just concentrating on the fight and we'll see what the reaction is.
"It depends if you take it on board, as a cricketer I didn't read too much of the press, I just wanted to be comfortable in what I'm doing.
"It's not something we're talking about in our camp, we're concentrating on Friday night and putting all the good work into practice," 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.
Flintoff has tipped the scales at 216lbs (97.98kg), 25lbs (11.34kg) which is lighter than his 23-year-old American opponent Richard Dawson, as the 23-year-old has already registered two professional victories.
'Freddie' Flintoff who was a part of the Ashes winning team in 2005 and 2009, revealed that it was former feather weight champion, Barry McGuigan who inspired him to take up this new career.
Having taken tips from former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Flintoff feels confident, ahead of his boxing debut.