JACK Flatley insists he is a ready to “upset the apple cart” on his big night at the Manchester Arena against Anthony Fowler.

Farnworth’s former English super-welterweight champion will take on the Commonwealth Games gold medallist on Saturday, March 7.

Fowler has his sights set on a rematch with British champion Scott Fitzgerald but Flatley only has victory on his mind as he looks to take the Liverpudlian’s WBA International title on the undercard of Bury favourite Scott Quigg’s meeting with Jono Carroll.

The card also features the return of Little Lever’s Jack Cullen.

“I’m massively excited,” said Flatley, who has lost just one of his 18 fights. “I know how good Fowler 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. 
“I’ve been training hard and waiting for a big opportunity like this so naturally I grabbed it with both hands when it presented itself.

“I’m not reading too much into him changing trainer to Shane McGuigan because Dave Coldwell is a brilliant coach anyway. I’m just focusing on me and what I’ve got to do."

Flatley’s solitary defeat came when he was edged out by Harry Scarff at the University of Bolton Stadium in September.

That saw the 25-year-old lose his English title but he rebounded with a points win over the durable Alistair Warren in December.

Fowler, who has won 11 of 12 fights with eight knockouts, beat Scarff on points in his last fight meaning the form guide is in his favour.

But the 28-year-old maintains that despite Fitzgerald being in his sights, he will not be taking Flatley lightly.

"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 want to give too much away but it should be evident on the night.

“Obviously styles make fights,  Flatley couldn’t cope with Scarff's awkwardness when they fought but I could because I’ve seen it all before, that was for the English title, I see myself at a much higher level than that and I'll show it when we fight. 

"The only fight I want is the Fitzgerald rematch. A good win against Flatley sets that up nicely for the British Title, let’s tell Scott to give the fans what they want."

The fight will be live on Sky Sports. For tickets for the Manchester Arena show contact Flatley on social media.