Murray and Flintoff to face off in boxing ring

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Update: This was indeed for April Fools. Our thanks to Brad Gilbert, Christopher Clarey and everyone else who played along with the story. - Ed
Andy Murray has often talked the talk when it comes to his professed love of boxing. But now the Scottish superstar will get the chance to walk the walk, as he gets set to go toe-to-toe in the ring with cricketer-turned-fighter Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

The new world number two today confirmed that the one-off charity match-up will take place at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on Saturday 20th July, between the end of the English grass-court season and the start of the US hard-court swing.

Whispers about a potential bout for the would-be boxer had been rife in press circles for some time. But fuel was added to the fire last week when The Times posted a picture of Murray in full fighting regalia after a gym session in downtown Miami.

Former England captain Flintoff, who retired from cricket in 2010, switched sporting allegiance to climb off the canvas last December and win a points decision over American Richard Dawson on his heavyweight boxing debut.

After that scrap, the 34-year-old Flintoff hinted that the fight might not be his last: "We'll see how we go. It's not natural to me - I've had to work so hard.”

Murray is thrilled at the prospect of making good on his boyhood dream of competing in the ring. Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference at Miami’s Crandon Park after defeating David Ferrer for the Miami Masters title, he said, “Freddie heard about my love of boxing and decided to personally hand-pick me as his next opponent. It should be a laugh and raise some money at the same time.”

But Murray’s fighting ambitions have not been warmly welcomed in every corner. The Scot’s coach, Ivan Lendl, also facing the press in Miami, warned, “It’s Andy’s decision, but I feel he’s being foolish. Boxing requires a different skill set and the chance of injury is too great. If Andy continues to go out on a limb like this, we might have to review our arrangements.”

Discounted early-bird tickets can be reserved at the Braehead box office on 0141 886 8300.

Murray in full fighting regalia in Miami:
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I'd heard a rumour about this last week but treated it as gossip - nice to see it confirmed. Should be a good watch and I'm pleased that Andy would do such a thing for charity. Should further enhance his public image, which has really taken off over the last year.

I can sort of see Lendl's point, but Andy's surely earned the right to fulfill an ambition after his recent achievements?
April 01, 2013, 12:21 AM
By Joe

I'm no boxing expert but I assume risk of injury is pretty damn high? Lendl is compeltely right.
April 01, 2013, 12:29 AM
By Mark

Had heard a rumour. Sounds interesting. Well.... so long as it doesn't affect his clay court season.
April 01, 2013, 12:33 AM
By Brianjones

I heard that he was training with Nogueira's UFC camp right enough. MMA would have been a bit silly but boxing couldn;t really throw up any injuries that would carry into his tennis. I am slightly worries about the weight classing though?
April 01, 2013, 12:35 AM
By drchef

I heard that he was training with Nogueira's UFC camp right enough.
Really? UFC training alone must be full of risk. It's as if Andy doesn't really care anymore now he's finally got that Slam.
April 01, 2013, 12:48 AM
By Mark

Really? UFC training alone must be full of risk. It's as if Andy doesn't really care anymore now he's finally got that Slam.

Flintoff tips the scales at around 216lbs. Murray is much lighter. However, Andy has much greater reach at 6 ft 3. It's swings and roundabouts. It'll be bloody interesting.
April 01, 2013, 12:58 AM
By Grabcopy

Wow, that's interesting. Given Flintoff's previous fight, I think Murray could take him you know. Definitely got the stamina to outlast him.

I wonder if they first discussed this when Murray was on A League of their Own. Certainly wouldn't be surprised if it at least came up.
April 01, 2013, 01:14 AM
By TheMadHatter

Wow, that's interesting. Given Flintoff's previous fight, I think Murray could take him you know.

I wonder if they first discussed this when Murray was on A League of their Own. Certainly wouldn't be surprised if it at least came up.

Yep, I too wondered about the League of Their Own connection.
April 01, 2013, 01:16 AM
By Grabcopy

Just looked and the tickets are bloody extortionate! I know its charity but £195 is simply too expensive for average Joe to get along to see it.

Think i'd prefer to go watch him doing something that he's good at!
April 01, 2013, 01:30 AM
By drchef

Just looked and the tickets are bloody extortionate! I know its charity but £195 is simply too expensive for average Joe to get along to see it.

Think i'd prefer to go watch him doing something that he's good at!

Tickets are dear but it's a one-off. If you're a true fan, you'll get on the phone.
April 01, 2013, 01:32 AM
By Grabcopy

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