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    Flintoff to launch boxing career!

    This is a wind up isn't it? Or is our Freddie really that short of brass?

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    Was going to say, is he that hard up for cash?

    It never ceases to amaze me how athletes from other sports think they can get into boxing. FMD it's as hard (and corrupt) a sport as there is just about.

    Back in the late 60s Wilt Chamberlain wanted to challenge Ali, and made a big hullaballoo about it, because of his size (think he was over 7 feet tall) he'd keep Ali away and all that. Howard Cossell had them both on his show one night - Ali was his first guest. Then Chamberlain came on and Ali stood up and shouted "TIMBERRRRR!!!!!!!" at Chamberlain, who basically turned white on the spot and decided the fight wouldn't go ahead.

    It's dumb of Flintoff. He's a hero in England. He has a proud legacy as a gifted cricketer who's much loved for his larrakin ways. Unless it's something for charity, he should give it a miss. Surely he could make decent coin on the speaking circuit and in the media.

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    Is desperate for cash it seems. His recent appearance in the Jacomo TV ads suggests this anyway.

    He'd probably get a gig with Sky as a pundit, were it not for the fact that he's basically called half the existing pundits ****s on various occasions. Plus the fact that despite being well-liked, he's not exactly the most coherent of folk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Is desperate for cash it seems. His recent appearance in the Jacomo TV ads suggests this anyway.

    He'd probably get a gig with Sky as a pundit, were it not for the fact that he's basically called half the existing pundits ****s on various occasions. Plus the fact that despite being well-liked, he's not exactly the most coherent of folk.
    Yeah but a bloke like Flintoff could do two or three speaking engagements a week at sportsmen's dinners and earn thousands.

    I mean, it's really no one's business, but does he have a gambling problem or something? Seems he'd have made a shedload of dough up til his retirement. Or maybe he lost a lot in the financial crisis, I dunno. But it's sad to see a bloke fall on hard times (if indeed he has) so soon after his career finished.

    Maybe come back and slog a few in the Idiots Premier League or something. but not boxing ffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Yeah but a bloke like Flintoff could do two or three speaking engagements a week at sportsmen's dinners and earn thousands.

    I mean, it's really no one's business, but does he have a gambling problem or something? Seems he'd have made a shedload of dough up til his retirement. Or maybe he lost a lot in the financial crisis, I dunno. But it's sad to see a bloke fall on hard times (if indeed he has) so soon after his career finished.

    Maybe come back and slog a few in the Idiots Premier League or something. but not boxing ffs.
    Yeah, it's a strange one, and nobody really seems to know what's going on with him. He's hardly ever given a mention here these days, unless he's taking part in some strange stunt, as appears to be the case here.

    It's odd, but to me at least, he really has become somewhat of a forgotten man these days. Which when you consider what he achieved and the amount of adoration he had about 8 years ago is pretty shocking.

    Something does seem a bit amiss with the bloke though IMO. Aside from this boxing thing and his endorsement of terrible brands, he seems to regularly churn out terrible tv shows which involve him and other C list celebrities performing stupid stunts, which are then aired on 4th rate channels that nobody watches.

    I guess if that's just his way of making ends meet then fair enough. Does seem odd though, for the reasons you've stated.

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    Makes no sense to me on any level which is why I suspect, despite it not being April 1, that this is a wind-up - I mean if he's fit enough to box professionally then surely a spot of T20 cant be beyond him, and a lot more lucrative I would have thought

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    I doubt it's a money thing. Probably an attention thing.
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    Would definitely be up for watching him get beat up ftr. When he's not playing cricket he's not even a particularly likable idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I doubt it's a money thing. Probably an attention thing.
    so it's a money thing then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    It never ceases to amaze me how athletes from other sports think they can get into boxing. FMD it's as hard (and corrupt) a sport as there is just about.
    It's easy because not many people follow boxing seriously any more. If you've got a name as well known as Flintoff you can get matched against some hobo and still draw on the strength of your celebrity. For blokes like Flintoff and $BW it's never going to be about the pursuit of excellence, just leveraging their name for money.
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    He's being filmed for a reality TV Show, seems to be his thing nowadays. Someone like Flintoff probably needs an incentive to stay fit too, that's why he does these things I think.

    As has been said boxing is so low key in this country, ATM, they're probably desperate to get a big name like Freddie involved.

    Less of a farce than the Big Bash or IPL, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Someone like Flintoff probably needs an incentive to stay fit too, that's why he does these things I think.

    Yeah, sure this is his reason - think he's mates with Hatton and we've seen what he's like when's not in shape. Fred probably knows he'll go down that path without keeping himself fit.

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