Chatteris boxing sensation follows in footsteps of Amir Khan by winning national title
CHATTERIS boxing sensation Jordan Gill has been crowned as the Clubs for Young People (CYP) British Champion after winning his first national final at the fifth attempt.
The 16 year-old has ended a four decade wait for a Chatteris boxer to win a national amateur title by outclassing his opponent, Hadleigh Jalil from Hoddesdon ABC, 18-12 on points.
The fight, held on Saturday at the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy, was Gill’s fifth national final - but his first victory. The triumph gives a huge boost to the talented youngster’s chances of turning professional.
“This is the biggest achievement of my career,” said Gill. “It’s made me hungry for more. You can never be satisfied in boxing, because the minute you’re satisfied that’s when you get hit.
“It’s something that I have been working towards for a long time and it’s a big thing but I need to keep focused and keep my feet on the ground.
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“I didn’t really get nervous - I think I have been doing it too long. I’m always confident, I knew the tactics that I had to employ and I just thought I’ll go out there and do the business.”
Gill recovered from losing the first round to outmanoeuvre his opponent, striking some telling blows in the final stages.
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The teenager, who has been boxing competitively since he was 11, has joined a star-studded list of previous winners, which include Amir Khan.
“Hard work is the base for everything and I worked so hard in getting there,” said Jordan, who trains every day and often gets up early to go running before school.
The super featherweight has been mobbed by friends since his victory and hundreds have sent their congratulations by writing on his Facebook page.
But the teenager is determined to concentrate on his boxing and has returned straight to the gym to prepare for his next fight.
“We are from Chatteris and we pride ourselves on keeping it simple,” said Jordan. “We don’t hype it up too much, it’s all about keeping calm.”
Jordan’s father, Chatteris ABC coach Paul Gill, said: “It’s a great achievement. There are boxers from cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield at these events and a lad from Chatteris won it.
“What I really want this to do is inspire kids around here to get involved with boxing.”
The new CYP British Champion, who boasts a record of 38 fights and 32 wins, returns to action at Chatteris ABC on Saturday. The show will feature a host of Fenland’s best fighters. For tickets contact Matty Payne on 01354 693630.