Nearly two years after retiring from cricket, 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 November - although he is yet to be granted a boxing license.
Flintoff said Thursday that ''it's a huge challenge - probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time-frame.''
He is being trained by former Irish boxer Barry McGuigan, who became world featherweight champion in 1985.
Flintoff ended his 15-year cricket career in September 2010 during which he became England captain and a national icon. His heavy frame made him a dominant pace bowler and a powerful shot-maker, but led to several nagging knee injuries.