Nearly two years after retiring from cricket, former England captain Andrew Flintoff is set to return to professional sport in the boxing ring.
The 34-year-old Flintoff is planning to enter his new sport as a heavyweight and compete in his first fight in Manchester in November, with his preparations documented in a three-episode TV series called ''The Gloves Are Off.''
''It's a huge challenge -- probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time-frame,'' said the 1.93-meter Flintoff, who is yet to be granted a boxing license. ''I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high.''
Flintoff is being trained by Barry McGuigan, who became world featherweight champion in 1985, and the former Irish boxer's son, Shane.
''This is an amazing opportunity to try a sport that I love, to be tutored by a man I respect and admire and, at the age of 34, the chance to become a professional sportsman again,'' Flintoff said.
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