Mayweather - McGregor: Sporting Crossover Stars


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ANDREW FLINTOFF Another English cricketing icon, “Freddie” became a big star as the hero of England’s 2005 Ashes series win over Australia. His 3,845 test runs and 235 wickets, along with a further 3,394 ODI runs and 167 wickets only tell half the story of his popularity, with his off-field drink-fuelled antics regularly raising smiles as they made headlines.

After retiring from cricket in 2009, Flintoff embarked on a bid to become a heavyweight boxer. Under the tutelage of Barry McGuigan, and the watchful eye of national TV documentaries, Flintoff climbed off the canvas to record a points victory over Richard Dawson in 2012, before retiring from boxing undefeated.

DWAIN CHAMBERS One of Britain's faster ever sprinters, Chambers racked up world and European medals and finished 4th in the 100 metres at the Sydney Olympics. But Chambers' career was blighted by a doping ban that was enforced in 2003 and saw him barred from competing at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games between 2006 and 2012, even after the ban was over.

The lifetime Olympic ban was overturned by CAS allowing Chambers to compete at London 2012. But by then he'd tried his hand at other sporting ventures. In 2007 he joined NFL Europa team Hamburg Sea Devils but his career stalled due to injury before the league folded. In March 2008 he joined Rugby League team Castleford on trial, featuring in a reserve fixture, but failed to gain a contract.

So, come Saturday night in Las Vegas, will Conor McGregor be a Gene Conley or a Dwain Chambers? Can he do the unthinkable and topple Floyd Mayweather? You can find out right here on ByTheMinute where we will be bringing you the fastest, most informative updates on the planet. And stay tuned for more great content in the build-up to this mega fight throughout the week.

Thanks for reading, until next time, from me Alistair Sargent, catch ye!

Graham Terris

Great article. Also Fred Perry, world champ/#1 at tennis & table tennis and Rebecca Romero, world champ & Olympic medalist at rowing & cycling. Victoria Pendleton & Chris Hoy might deserve a mention too.

Thomas Frost

Great read. Michael Jordan played baseball for a short time but wasn't that successful. Denis Compton played for Arsenal and cricket for England! Babe Ruth expressed an interest in taking up cricket but opted against doing it after learning how little the average cricketer was paid in comparison to what he was used to!

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