Andy Flintoff fights Richard Dawson: the big cricket box in photos
THE International Heavyweight Contest between Andrew Flintoff v Richard Dawson is on. Flintoff is seeking to stretch the envelope of things retired sporting heroes do in search of adrenaline. In Freddie Flintoff v The World, the viewer of ITV4 saw Flintoff takes on other retired sporting legends in a series of unusual sports. In one episode he jumped off a cliff in Mexico with Darren Gough (Strictly Come Dancing). Flintoff has also taken to darts, entering the commentary booth in Alexandra Palace and adding his his views to those of Sid Waddell and John Gwynne. The former England all-rounder will now do a bit of boxing – one of the leading -ing sports.
At the weigh-in, Flintoff looked trim and very un-cricketer like. He wore proper boxer’s knickers, with Lonsdale brandished around the elasticated waistband. They boasted a Union Flag print. Flintoff, who only represented England at cricket, will now do it for the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. In contrast, Dawson – who looked most like a cricketer (Mike Gatting meets Malcolm Marshall) went for a pair by Polo Ralph Lauren pants, which had the appearance of being his best knickers saved for a) being run over by a bus; b) fighting a retired cricketer; c) going on the pull in Croydon.
Can Flintoff win? Can Dawson make name for himself? Will cricket be the winner? Will bruising affect Flintoff’s work on the celebrity circuit? Much to ponder…