Fowler Set To Clash Against Flatley
In order to avenge the only loss of his career, Anthony Fowler will need to work his way up the ladder. The 28-year-old will look to do that as he defends his WBA International Super-Welterweight Title against Jack Flatley. The match will take place inside the Manchester Arena on Saturday, March 7.
Fowler (11-1) won the International Super-Welterweight Title in his last bout, beating Harry Scarff in November via unanimous decision. He is currently on a two-fight win streak following a split decision loss to Scott Fitzgerald back in March. “The Machine” was dropped several times, with scores in favor of the multi-time medalist in Fitzgerald. More than anything, Fowler wants a rematch. Working his way up seems to be his way in getting it to happen.
“The only fight I want is the Fitzgerald rematch,” Fowler stated. “A good win against Flatley sets that up nicely for the British Title, let’s tell Scott to give the fans what they want.”
Fowler is looking to change his game, as he split from trainer Dave Coldwell in favor of Shane McGuigan, the former partner of Josh Taylor. He is hoping his new partnership works well against Flatley (16-1-1). The 25-year-old lost his last bout to Scarff back in March, before beating Alistair Warren right after. He is 3-2 in his last five fights.
“I’m massively excited to be taking on Anthony Fowler at Manchester Arena,” said Flatley. “I know how good he is, and I know he’s waiting for the big rematch with Scott Fitzgerald, but this is my chance to go in there and upset the apple cart. I’m going to prove that I belong at this level. He’s ranked in the top 13 with the WBA so it’s a great opportunity for me and to be fighting in front of millions of people around the world on Sky Sports and DAZN in a massive incentive for me.”
Fowler is not worried about the skills of Flatley, even looking at his days before being a pro.
“I watched his fight with Troy Williamson in the ABA Final as an amateur and when they boxed as pros, he’s a tough lad with a big heart and he comes to fight,” said Fowler. “Fans will definitely see a change in me since teaming up with Shane, I don’t wanna give too much away but it should be evident on the night.”
Fitzgerald, known as “The Mad Man”, is on the same card as Fowler, and will be watching the bout with interest.
Fowler v. Flatley will be on the same card as the super-featherweight matchup pitting Scott Quigg against Jono Carroll.