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Yesterday I looked at former England cricket captain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff who appears to have set his eyes on to the world of professional boxing. I thought I'd follow that up with an even weirder multi-sport story, that of American Eddie Eagan.

Eddie was born into a relatively poor family in 1897 though though was a determined and driven man. Not only did he study law at both Havard and Oxford but he also went on to become a lawyer, a colonel and the chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.

Of course with this site being "www.WeirdBoxing.info" his story obviously has something to do with boxing, in fact it was in boxing that Eagan first become a global name.

Having won a Boxing AAU title in 1919 Eagan would then go on to compete, in the Light Heavyweight division at 1920 at the Antwerp Olympics. After victories against Thomas Holdstock (South Africa) and Harold Franks (Great Britain) Eagan would find himself in the Olympic final opposite Norwegian Sverre Sørsdal. Eagan would manage to defeat Sørsdal for the Gold medal and his first, of two major international sporting medals.

Despite continuing to box, and claiming a British ABA title in 1923 Eagan couldn't replicate his success at the 1924 Olympics where he was beaten in the the opening round of the Heavyweight division by Arthur Clifton (Great Britain).

The 1924 Olympics were to be the last ones that Eagan would compete in as a boxer, though 8 years later Eagan resurfaced on the international sporting stage.

In 1932 the USA had sent 2 separate Four-Man Bobsleigh teams to the Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid with one of those teams, the one lead by Billy Fiske, also featuring Eddie Eagan. Eagan's team (which also contained English song writer and actor Clifford Grey) would go on to earn the Gold medal.

The Gold medal at the 1932 Winter Olympics saw Eagan not only becoming one of the few people to capture medals at both the Winter and Summer games, but the only man to capture Gold in different events at the two separate games.

Following his Bobsleigh medal Eagan went on to serve in World War 2 and became, as said previously a lawyer and the chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission prior to his death, aged 70 in 1967.

Note-The only other person to collect Golds at both Summer and Winter games was Gillis Grafström, who won Figure Skating gold at the 1920 Summer Olympics and the same event at the 1924 and 1928 Winter Olympics.

 
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For this website I read about a lot of weird and wonderful things to do with the world of professional boxing, this however shocked even me. Former England International Cricket player Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff is to become a boxer.

Yes for those who thought misread that, Freddie Flintoff loos set to become a professional boxer.

Whilst competitors in others sports have managed to turn their hand to boxing successfully, notable Anthony "The Man" Mudine, they usually do it early in their career. Flintoff however is 34 years old and was forced to retire from his original sport after a series of injuries effectively cut his playing time down at the top level.

A well liked, and hugely respected competitor Flintoff was known for both his big hitting (which he will need in the ring), his fast bowling and his relentless dive to succeed. He will need to show this same drive to not only get in to shape for boxing (having not been in top level sport for over 2 years) but also to get a professional boxing license from the British Boxing Board of Control.

In the build up to Flintoff's professional debut Sky in the UK are going to show a 2-part documentary showing the trials and tribulations of Flintoff's transformation as former world champion Barry MacGuigan takes the 6'4" former all rounder under his wing.

Whether Flintoff manages to get far in the ring or not is something we will have to watch to find out about, however it will certainly be fun to see how the man, famous for the "Pedalo Incident" will get with the gloves on.