Frank Warren and David Price have dismissed Andrew Flintoff’s professional boxing debut as ‘car crash television’.
The former England cricket captain, from Ribbleton, Preston, has applied for his boxing license and is due to fight at the Manchester Arena on November 30 against an opponent yet to be named.
BoxNation will screen the 34-year-old’s bout, but promotor Warren has reservations about the event.
He said: “For me it’s car crash television, I’ll be blunt about it.
“I’m not taking anything away from him, it’s been shown on BoxNation which I’m involved in, but I won’t be promoting it.”
Price, the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, said Flintoff should only box if his motives were genuine.
He said: “Freddie’s as entitled as anyone to try it out and some people come to professional boxing later in life.
“But if it’s just some type of PR stunt then it’s disrespectful to boxing.
“The reality is he could get hurt if there’s someone in front of him who’ll stand up and throw punches back.
“It’s car crash TV but will probably get people watching.”