Jordan Gill shrugs off injury to win fight 10 out of 10 in Sheffield
PUBLISHED: 08:58 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:58 16 May 2014
Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill was pleased to get into the ring on Saturday night – let alone record his 10th win out of 10 fights.
The 19-year-old British Masters champion beat Michael Mooney at Ponds Forge in Sheffield but a cut in sparring in the week leading up to the fight had kept him on edge in the run-up.
“I was pleased with my performance considering all the factors going in to the fight. A week before the fight I was cut in sparring and needed stitches,” he said.
“Luckily, the wound sealed and the doctors allowed me to fight. The game plan going in was to control the opponent and not let the cut open up again.”
Gill, who won the British Masters light welterweight title in Peterborough last month, trains at the Ingle Gym in Sheffield and his fight against Mooney was on the undercard of Kid Galahad’s bout with the boxer stepping closer to a world title when he beat Australian Fred Mundraby for the super bantamweight Commonwealth title.
It is a long way off the level that Gill is boxing but the young fighter has all the right people around him and will continue to grow in stature. Interestingly, another Cambridgeshire boxer, Tommy Martin from St Neots, is on the same course – and also beat Mooney in London last month.
“Mooney was physically a lot bigger and heavier than myself,” said Gill.
“I controlled the pace and landed some heavy shots while keeping him at range and not getting too involved with his rough house tactics.
“I won every round towards a comfortable points victory over four rounds. Mooney told me after the fight that I was the best he’s been in with and he couldn’t lay a glove on me. It was a great learning fight and another step up in level of opponent which is helping me progress in to a mature professional.
“I’m straight back in the gym this week and I’m going to sit down with my trainer Dominic Ingle and manager John Ingle to see what’s next in line.
“There’s no rush for me but I’d like to fight again before the summer ideally, building up the rounds and possibly challenge for another title.”
Meanwhile, Young Sparta ABC March prospect Reece Oldfield has been crowned ABA Eastern Counties under 40kg champion.
The 14 year-old upset favourite Belly Bellfield of Rayleigh in a hard fought bout in Halstead on Saturday.
Oldfield was not expected to beat the fighter who has had more than double his number of contests but an exceptional performance from the youngster saw him win by split decision.
Oldfield, who has won his past five bouts, does not have much time to celebrate his success as he steps back in the ring to compete in the national ABA quarter finals in Earlsfield on Sunday.
Coach Matt Lenton said: “Reece put in an exceptional performance. Nothing surprises me about him. He has really grown in stature.”
Twelve-year-old Ryan Williams of Chatteris ABC boxed 13-year-old Kyle Wood of Aston Police at a show hosted by Haddenham ABC at Ely College.
It was a close first round, but Williams found his range in the second round and went full force in the third to win a unanimous decision.
Another Chatteris boxer, 15-year-old Ryan Ducker, fought Lee Elley, 15, of the same Birmingham club and did well on the outside, switch hitting and beating his opponent to the punch every time, to win all three rounds. But, to the dismay of the crowd, Elley was awarded a split decision win.
Chatteris coach Paul Gill said: “It was an excellent night’s work from both boxers.
“I am looking forward to the next tournament as the progression of the boxers is getting better.”