Onwards and upwards! Flintoff 594th in world heavyweight standings – just 522 places below Audley
12:31 GMT, 3 December 2012
Watch out Audley, Freddie Flintoff is coming after you!
The former England cricket captain has entered the world heavyweight rankings at No 594 after winning on his professional debut against Richard Dawson on Friday.
That places him one spot immediately below Dimitar Taskov, a Macedonian with two wins and two defeats, and one above America's Kalven Jenkins, who has won one, lost one and drawn two, in the BoxRec website's respected rankings.
Winning debut: Andrew Flintoff was celebrating after beating Richard Dawson
Spirit: Flintoff bounced back from an early knockdown to beat Dawson
It also leaves the 34-year-old a slender 522 places below free-falling Audley Harrison, who intends to fight on after his 82-second humiliation against David Price on October 13.
Price, incidentally, is ranked at 12, behind notable rivals Tyson Fury (7) and David Haye (5).
Flintoff recovered from a second-round knockdown to win a points verdict over Dawson in front of 6,000 fans in Manchester last week, but will not make a decision on a ring return until next year.
Stats official: Andrew Flintoff is ranked 594th in the heavyweight standings
'Every time walking between the ropes has been an effort,' he said. 'The physical aspect is one thing but the mental aspect is another thing completely.
'I take my hat off to boxers and I give every credit to the hard work they put in.
'I put myself out to a degree but if I'd have been knocked out in the first round, everyone would have said, “Oh, he's just a big cricketer”.
'On a global scale, this comes nowhere near to my cricket career. I've had a novice heavyweight fight but I've had the chance to play for England in the Ashes and been successful.'