BBN head to Bolton to find out more about this promising new lad we keep hearing about - Jack Flatley.
Hailing from the Elite Boxing Gym in Bolton run by former pro Alex 'The One Man Riot' Matvienko, Jack has been travelling all over to experience the best sparring possible and tackling the likes of World title challenger Martin Murray as well as Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Luke Blackledge.
Following a stellar amateur career, he now finds himself on one of the biggest boxing shows of the year promoted by Frank Warren, ready to perform in front of the Box Nation cameras on his professional debut.
Here's what he had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
I first got interested in boxing after watching it on TV. The Contender was my favourite show at the age of 10 and I liked the look of it.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“My favourite boxer then was probably Sugar Ray Leonard. His style is very entertaining and, in my eyes, he is the all-time pound-for-pound number one.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 12-years-old. I lost after blowing myself out in the first minute trying to stop the lad which taught me a lesson, haha!”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
I think I did quite well in the amateurs, I had 77 fights, got to two national finals and boxed for England, which was a great experience. Also beating some top names along the way.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“Probably some of the bad decisions in the amateurs plus I spend so much time in boxing so I may as well make it my job now.”
What team do you have around you?
“The team I have is what gives me most confidence. My boxing coach Alex Matvienko and everyone at Elite Boxing Gym in Bolton as well as my strength coach Sam Bradbury who does a great job.
My sponsors are also a massive help to achieve what I want to, they are: Clique Energy, Cerberus Group, Cowgills Accountants, Keepmoat Construction and M&R Plumbing Bolton.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I like to think I am versatile and can fight whoever is put in front of me, even though I do like a good war, if needs be.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“To be world champion.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My first fight is on the undercard of World War III show with Terry Flanagan headlining at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester on 10th October. I'm expecting around 100 people in support from my friends, family and teammates.”
Tell us something that many people know about you?
That I already have a few local derbies in mind, providing everything goes to plan!”
I’d like to thank my sponsors: Clique Energy, Cerberus Group, Cowgills Accountants, Keepmoat Construction and M&R Plumbing Bolton.
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07477 167 133