Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff is about to fight in his first boxing bout when he takes on American Richard Dawson in Manchester on Friday, so ahead of the match, we took a look at other sportsmen and women who have proven to be multi talented athletes...
Clive Allen: football and American football
The Spurs coach was a prolific striker for the club, scoring 49 goals in the 1986/87 season alone, having spells at Chelsea, QPR, West Ham and, well, almost every London team, too! After retiring in 1995, Allen made a surprise comeback at Stamford Bridge in 1997, except this time playing an altogether different version of football. He signed up as a kicker for World League of American Football franchise, London Monarchs, and even though the team had a mixed season, Allen enjoyed a better than expected year for a Gridiron rookie. His finest hour came when he kicked vital points in a win over the Scottish Claymores at the Bridge. "The pressure situations don't bother me because I've been there before," said Allen after the game. "I've worked hard in training and now have confidence in what I'm doing, which showed today.”
Verdict: Got a kick out of his dual career
Michael Jordan: basketball and baseball
Probably the greatest player to ever play basketball and certainly the most well known, in 1993 Jordan shocked a lot of people when he retired from the sport and took up baseball. His Chicago Bulls had won three straight National Basketball Association titles, with Jordan scoring 40 plus points in four consecutive games in the year he left basketball. After playing at right field for the Birmingham Barons in the minor leagues, Jordan returned to the NBA and Chicago where he won another hat-trick of NBA titles.
Verdict: Ballsed it up
Rebecca Romero: rowing and cycling
At the 2004 Olympic Games, Romero was part of the women's quadruple sculls rowing team that won silver in Greece. Four years later she represented Great Britain again, but this time in cycling, scooping gold in the individual pursuit in Beijing to become the only British woman to win Olympic medals in two different sports. Sadly, we will be unable to see her grace the London games in the summer following her decision not to compete after her event was removed from the Olympic programme for 2012.
Verdict: Wheely oarsome
Sonny Bill Williams: rugby league, rugby union and boxing
In eight years, across the two rugby codes, Kiwi Sonny Bill Williams has played for six different clubs, represented New Zealand 26 times and was a member of the 2011 World Cup winning side. Since making his professional boxing bow in 2009, Williams, the current New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight champion, has won all five of his fights and is due to fight again next year.
Verdict: He's a fighter, not a lover
Deion Sanders: American football and baseball
"I never wanted to be mediocre at anything. I wanted to be the absolute best,” Deion Sanders once said. He was true to his word, being the only man to compete in both American football's Super Bowl and baseball's World Series. In 1994 he was the National Football League's Defensive Player of the Year as he helped the San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego at Super Bowl XXIX, then a year later was victorious in the event again as his Dallas Cowboys team-mates beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Incredibly, Sanders was playing Major League Baseball at the time of his rise in American football and in the 1989 MLB season he hit a home run in the same week he scored an NFL touchdown. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, he was on the wrong side of the result in the 1992 World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Verdict: Stepped up to the plate any given Sunday
Sarah Storey: swimming and cycling
Storey, an 11-time Paralympic champion began her glittering Games career in the pool in 1992. Then, the 14-year-old won two golds, three silvers and one bronze medal in Barcelona and continued winning at Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, before moving to the track in 2005. Two more golds followed in Beijing and four in London. Male paralympian Jody Cundy also won medals in the pool before moving to the Great Britain cycling team and entertained us with his burst of emotion at the 2012 Games. Following his disqualification, Cundy launched into an expletive-laden tirade, aruguing that the starting gate had not opened properly for him, though the official rules there was nothing wrong, refusing to review the decision and telling the enraged Cundy there was no right of appeal.
Verdict: A true fairytale stor[e]y
Warning: contains swearing
Gareth Bale: Football and golf trick shot king?
Seems like the Tottenham man can do no wrong at the moment.
Will the 2005 Ashes hero take a beating against Richard Dawson or will he prove his critics wrong?