Date of Birth: 23/10/94
Record: 16-1-1 (4 KOs)
JACK FLATLEY was KO’d by COVID-19 without taking a punch or testing positive.
He had been due to challenge Commonwealth champion JJ Metcalf for his title in October, but the fight was shelved after one of the Bolton man’s team tested positive for coronavirus three days before the fight.
There is hope that the “Quiet Storm” will get another chance to face the Liverpool man on a Frank Warren card before the end of the year. If there is, it will be a quick route back for the Alex Matvienko trained boxer who won 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 the 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 hasn’t fought since outpointing Alistair Warren last December.
He 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 University of Manchester where he got a Bsc.