Dawson has been making good progress in his career so far, but he is relatively inexperienced, if one may add. While Flintoff said this about his opponent, “He's fought before, he's unbeaten, he's flown over from America and he's made good progress in his career so far. It'll be a competitive contest. You can't go into this for a bit of fun, it's a serious sport and a serious business. He's come here to try and win, as have I,” reported by telegraph.co.uk.
Irrespective of having a two match experience, Andrew Flintoff is not going to make life any easier for the US boxer, as he not only looks in better shape than Dawson, but also has an advantage in terms of height, where he could land the upper cuts and punches with great force and may be even knock-out the player with one of those shots. That would be one hell of a statement from the Englishmen to the rest of the boxers around the world. Flintoff, being a former cricketer is no stranger to footwork along with hand eye co-ordination, which is an important feature inside the boxing ring as well.
Andrew Flintoff decided to take up boxing due to pre-mature retirement from the gentleman's game after he became prone to injuries, especially knee injury. He was one of the most successful English cricketers with both the bat and the ball. If he accomplishes only half of what he achieved in a cricket field, he would be remembered both as a great cricketer as well as a boxer.
A massive advantage Flintoff has over Dawson is exposure to big-league match play and being used to not giving up - mental traits that can be vital when the punches start flying, and tiredness begins to set in. His killer instinct, honed during his stint in international cricket, is likely to be sharper.
But all of this will come to nothing, if Dawson is found blessed with the talent of landing well-timed punches and decieve an opponent through body movements. Today, Flintoff will come to know whether he also belongs to the boxing ring. If Dawson wins, he will make a name for himself at the expense of Flintoff.