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Andrew Flintoff was perhaps the highest profiled sportsman that decided to try his hand at boxing once his cricket career reached its conclusion.
It was a flop, to say the least, and while one TV channel was able to capitalise on his one-fight career with a television show following the build-up to the bout, the England cricket captain will not be remembered for his time in the ring.
For starters, one line from Ferdinand's "major announcement" said all you need to know about his new career.
The statement issued on Tuesday morning started with the following line: “When Betfair approached me about the Defender to Contender challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw.” Already, alarm bells are ringing.
This was exactly what boxing didn’t need right now, and the problem is that the celebrity name is starting to become bigger than the fight itself.
But, if Joe Bloggs wanted to turn pro at 39 without any fighting experience, it wouldn't be allowed.
It's only because he has celebrity status.” This is something that has crept into boxing more and more over the last few years.
“I know he uses boxing for help through hard times, which is great.
If this is just a one off fight for the money, than that is even more upsetting in regards to him getting a pro licence for a short career, when so many people struggle to get a pro licence.
But, don't bastardise the honour and value of a professional licence.