Date of Birth: 23/10/94
Record: 21-4-1 (5 KOs)
JACK FLATLEY is back on track after consecutive losses against Nathan Heaney, who has since won the British Middleweight championship.
Their September 2022 battle when the IBO International Middleweight title was on the line ended bout was halted in round five with Heaney badly cut following accidental clash of heads.
It meant the fight went to the cards and Heaney was adjudged the winner although Flatley insists he was in the ascendency.
He bounced back from that controversial loss with an easy points win in December against Vasif Mamedov and earned the rematch with Heaney he has been calling for.
The vacant WBA Continental 160lb belt was on the line in March 2023 and the pair fought a fierce battle over ten rounds, but there were no complaints when Heaney got the verdict 99-91 and 97-93 (twice).
The Bolton man teamed up with new trainer Martin Murray after that defeat and returned to winning ways stopping dangerous Edvinas Puplauskas in four rounds in Wigan in November.
Flatley started 2022 prior to the first Heaney defeat with wins over Spaniard Kelvin Dotel and Evgenii Vazem.
The Dotel win came three months after Flatley had travelled to Bilbao and challenged Dotel’s countryman Kerman Lejarraga for the European Super-Welterweight title.
He gave an excellent account of himself, but Lejarraga’s impressive power eventually told and Jack lost in the ninth round.
Jack won 58-56 against Dotel in March but was a lot more comfortable against Southampton-based Vazem winning all eight rounds.
Flatley did win the English 154lb belt in May 2019 when he outpointed Craig Morris.
Four months later Jack was dethroned losing on points against 7-0 Harry Scarff in what was considered an upset at the time.
But perhaps the fight fans will never forget is a brutal eight-round draw with old amateur rival Troy Williamson in June 2018, a contest that was one of Britain’s best that year.
Flatley who had his first professional fight in October 2015 had a fine unpaid career and beat Hughie Fury in three of their four amateur meetings.
Jack also caused a string of upsets in the 2015 ABA Championships before losing on points against Williamson in the final.
Among his victims in an unexpected final charge that earned him the monicker ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ was Scott Fitzgerald who he defeated in the North-West final.
Despite boxing being such a huge part of his life, Flatley also studied Sociology at the University of Manchester where he got a BSc.