Flintoff urged to end ring adventure

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A FORMER teammate of cricketer-turned-boxer Andrew Flintoff has urged him to bow out from the ring.

John Cotton, chairman of St Annes Cricket Club and a team-mate of Flintoff when the ex-Lancashire and England all-rounder played for St Annes in the early 1990s, made the trip to the Manchester Arena for Flintoff’s first bout and was delighted with the result.

Flintoff, who joined St Annes as 12-year-old in 1989 and spent five years at the club before signing a contract at Lancashire, switched sports to defeat American Richard Dawson in his first professional fight.

Mr Cotton said: “He looked fit and it was good to see him get the win but hopefully he has fulfilled his ambition now and that is the end of the boxing for him.

“He put a lot of work into his preparations and it showed.

“It was a great atmosphere and the vast majority of the eight or nine thousand who were in the venue were delighted with the win.

“Andy had done what he set out to achieve and hopefully now that’s it as far as the boxing is concerned.”

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