Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff has weighed in ahead of his professional boxing debut against Richard Dawson on Friday.

The ex-England cricketer has admitted that he has the jitters about the clash at the MEN arena but hopes to channel the nerves into his performance.

Talking to Sky Sports News, Flintoff, 34, said: "I'd be lying if I said there weren't any nerves, but I experienced nerves in my career before, in cricket, and managed to use them to my advantage - so hopefully this will be no different.

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Flintoff faces Dawson who has won his first two fights

"It's a big task I'm taking on, I've worked hard for it - and we'll see what the result is afterwards.

Rejecting claims that the fight was nothing more than a publicity stunt, Flintoff said: "You can't go into this sport for a bit of fun

"It's a serious sport, it's a serious business.

"He's come here to win and so have I."

Flintoff has been training for eight months under the tutelage former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan.

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    Andrew Flintoff during the weigh in at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester.

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff during the weigh in for his Heavyweight bout with Richard Dawson at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff and Richard Dawson during the weigh in for their Heavyweight bout at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff and Richard Dawson during the weigh in for their Heavyweight bout at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff and Richard Dawson the weigh in for their Heavyweight bout at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff and Richard Dawson shake hands during the weigh in for their Heavyweight bout at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff and Richard Dawson during the weigh in for their Heavyweight bout at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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    Former England cricketer turned professional boxer, Andrew Flintoff, speaks during a press conference in Manchester, north-west England, on November 29, 2012 on the eve of his first fight against Richard Dawson from the USA at the MEN Arena in Manchester. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff during a press conference for his Heavyweight bout with Richard Dawson at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Shane McGuigan and Barry McGuigan look on at Andrew Flintoff during a press conference for his Heavyweight bout with Richard Dawson at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff during a press conference for his Heavyweight bout with Richard Dawson at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Flintoff during a press conference for his Heavyweight bout with Richard Dawson at The Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • BOXING-BRITAIN-FLINTOFF

    Former England cricketer turned professional boxer, Andrew Flintoff, speaks during a press conference in Manchester, north-west England, on November 29, 2012 on the eve of his first fight against Richard Dawson from the USA at the MEN Arena in Manchester. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BOXING-BRITAIN-FLINTOFF

    Former England cricketer turned professional boxer, Andrew Flintoff, speaks during a press conference with trainer Barry McGuigan in Manchester, north-west England, on November 29, 2012 on the eve of his first fight against Richard Dawson from the USA at the MEN Arena in Manchester. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BOXING-BRITAIN-FLINTOFF

    Richard Dawson of the US speaks during a press conference in Manchester, north-west England, on November 29, 2012 on the eve of his fight against former England cricketer turned professional boxer, Andrew Flintoff. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    England Andrew Flintoff celebrates winning the Ashes on the team bus during the Ashes victory parade in London, Tuesday September 13, 2005. England regained the Ashes yesterday after drawing the final Test match and winning the series 2-1. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Gareth Copley/PA.

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