As history records suggest, there has been a number of sportspersons who have managed to pull it off in multiple sports, such as Charles Burgess Fry, and Dennis Compton just to name a few. Flintoff might have won his debut boxing bout, but it is going to be a tough task for the athlete to come and join the list of proven sportsperson in two different sports or more.
There are a number of sportspersons who have played two or more sports
at the professional level. Like Flintoff, there were crickters who were involved in multi sports, such as Charles Burgess Fry, who played 26 Test matches for England and as a footballer, he played for Southampton and Portsmouth apart from featuring for the English national team. It does not end here for Fry, who also broke the British Long Jump record with a jump of 7.14m and also equalled the world
record once in 1893, with a jump of 7.176 m. Apart from this he was a decent Rugby player representing Oxford University as well.
Chris Balderstone has been known as a footballer, cricketer as well as a cricket umpire. He played as a footballer for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United and Doncastan Rovers and also represented England in two Test matches (cricket). Dennis Compton was another such player, who played for one of the most prestigious club in English football, Arsenal during the period of 1936- 1950 and also played cricket for the famous county side, Middlesex.
Gene Conley earned a name in two of the most famous sporting leagues, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball of the world as he represented four different teams in the MLB for 11 years from 1952-1963. He also played for new York Knicks as well as the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Very few would be able to replicate Cesare Rubini's feat in dual sports, where he represented Italian National Basketball team also winning a silver medal in the EuroBasket (1946) along with Gold and Bronze for Italy in the 1948 London Games and 1952 Helsinki Games (Olympics) respectively in Water Polo.
Apart from these above mentioned players, there are others as well , such as Sir George Thomas, who was a British Chess Champion (1923 and 1934) as well as an All England Badminton Champion with 21 titles from 1906 – 1928. Babe Zaharias, a professional golfer holds an impressive record of winning 41 LPGA titles, 11 golf majors and also won three Olympic medals in the 1932 Olympics held at Los Angeles.
So, the task is not an easy one for Flintoff to enter this list of proven sportspersons looking at things that have been accomplished by players who played two or more than two different sports. But, you never know with Flintoff, who is known for his never give up and an aggressive attitude, which is essential in a boxing ring. So let's just wait and watch.