FEATURE: The night Chatteris found its new pro boxer role model
WHATEVER challenges are to follow, Jordan Gill will remember the night of July 7, 2012 for the rest of his life.
It was the night when more than 100 fans from the Fens followed him to the 12,000-seat Motorpoint Arena, in Sheffield.
The night when he touched gloves with his father Paul as he walked past the Sky Sports cameras and into the ring.
The night when he made his professional boxing debut... in style.
The 18-year-old, who learnt his trade at Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club, outclassed and outpointed his 32-year-old opponent Kristian Laight, who had 137 bouts of experience in his favour.
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Gill’s 40-36 win is the latest to be recorded in Chatteris’ proud boxing history, which is decorated with former champions such as Eric Boon and Dave ‘Boy’ Green.
The referee raised Gill’s hand, trainer Dominic Ingle patted him on the back and the teenage talent posed for his first photographs as a victorious professional boxer.
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Gill said: “I just did what Dominic told me. He’s the genius! In between rounds he said: ‘this is easy for you isn’t it?’
“When the crowd from Chatteris cheered my name I couldn’t believe it - it was great to see so many of them.”
Gill’s army of supporters may be in for more travelling as he hopes to contest between six and eight bouts in the next year. He looks set to feature on the undercard of Kid Galahad’s show in September.
Proud father Paul said his son’s victory was “great for the town of Chatteris”.
He said: “People who I don’t even know have been stopping me in the street and talking about it.
“We had a bus full of people who came out and had a good time. It’s not just about boxing, it’s about the community.”
Gill has become not just an exciting boxing talent but a leading Fenland role model.
Later this month he will hold a series of boxing sessions as part of an Olympic week at his old school Cromwell Community College.
While other boxers stayed in Sheffield to revel in the limelight of their latest performances, Gill took the bus back to the Fens with his friends and fans.
And how will Chatteris’ new hero reward himself for making a winning debut?
“I might get a Burger King,” he said, with a grin.