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Flintoff wins on boxing debut

ESPN staff
November 30, 2012 « Watch the FA Cup 3rd Round Draw live from 2.40pm | Chartbeat test »

Andrew Flintoff picked himself up off the canvas to score a points victory on his boxing debut against the unbeaten American Richard Dawson in Manchester.

The former England cricket captain beat the count after being knocked to the canvas in the second round, but his superior speed and work rate saw him awarded a narrow win on points.

In front of a spirited home crowd, Flintoff entered the MEN Arena wearing a Lancashire cricket shirt to the sound of Oasis' 'Roll With It'.

The 34-year-old made a bright start, using his jab to good effect before sending the crowd wild with a big right against a cautious Dawson.

However, the Brit was sent to his knees after catching a right hand early in the second round, but recovered well to keep himself in the fight.

Flintoff took the fight to Dawson, who seemed content to play defence, and after Flintoff landed some decent shots in the final round, the former cricketer was awarded a 39-38 victory.

"As a personal achievement, I think this is the best. I've had to work so hard," Flintoff said. "The crowd made a massive difference tonight. I'll appreciate I was sloppy at times, but it was a humbling moment."

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