There has been some talk this week, sparked by the passing of Lady Thatcher, of how the unions of the 60s have lost much of their potency over the past three or four decades.
As professional celebrity boxing debuts go this was probably about as good as it gets: Andrew Flintoff, three years retired from cricket, remains unbeaten in the ring after an endearingly ragged, frantically energetic performance over four two-minute rounds in Manchester.
"We understand that Mr Flintoff is well-known here," said Gary Higginbotham, the manager of Richard Dawson, the 23-year-old bruiser from Oklahoma who will fight the former Lancashire and England all-rounder at the Manchester Arena on Friday night.
...tennis players, cricketers, swimmers, martial artists. Which Everton, Lyon, Tottenham, QPR, Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain and Man City players could have given another sport a go in similar vein to Andrew Flintoff who has announced his decision to chase a boxing career.