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Flintoff set to be granted boxing licence

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Andrew Flintoff is set to be given the green light to commence his boxing career, with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) poised to grant him a licence.

Former England cricketer Flintoff, 34, will make his debut at heavyweight on November 30 against an unnamed opponent, who ESPN understands will not be a novice.

Flintoff has shed more than two stones in the last ten weeks of training with Shane McGuigan and his father Barry, a former world champion.

Barry McGuigan has confirmed that Flintoff intends to compete in a number of professional fights, rather than just a couple of exhibition outings.

The BBBoC has put Flintoff through a strenuous regime of tests designed to gauge his fitness level, and is waiting on the final results of a medical.

Reports suggest Flintoff is currently walking around at 16 stones, around half a stone away from the weight he is aiming to reach.

When announcing his career switch in September, Flintoff said: "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 be a professional sportsman again.

"It's a huge challenge - probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time frame. I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high."

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