Coach Paul Gill heads to Sheffield for bumper weekend of boxing
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Chatteris based professional boxing coach Paul Gill spent time in Sheffield last week supporting the Ingle Gym and exploring ideas of bringing fresh knowledge and skills back to Fenland’s amateur boxers.
On Friday, Paul accompanied his son and professional boxer Jordan Gill to former World Champion Ricky Hatton’s Gym in Manchester, where he sparred with Zhanat Zhakiyanov, to sharpen him up for his up and coming World Title shot.
Mr Gill relished the opportunity to speak to a former world champion, saying: “It was a great opportunity to talk with Ricky Hatton, I heard about his experience coming up through the ranks and this knowledge will help me guide other boxers and coaches.”
Speaking of his son’s progress, Paul said: “Jordan sparred well, he’s had months of excellent training experiences ahead of his next fight on December 5th, I can’t wait to see his progress.”
Saturday was a busy day for Paul; in the morning he attended a Boxing Science training session at Sheffield Hallam University, where he spoke to top trainer Danny Wilson.
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“It is unbelievable to see the science behind making World Champions,” said Mr Gill.
“These guys have so much knowledge and use it to tailor programs for individual boxers to increase, fitness, strength and agility.
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They know each boxer’s limits, they use scientific statistics to push progress but at the same time ensure the boxer remains healthy, it’s incredible.”
Paul chatted to Danny about the possibility of piloting a scheme developed at the University to support the development of Amateurs in Fenland.
On Saturday evening, Paul was at the Sheffield Arena which hosted a fight night with Chris Eubank Junior topping the bill to defend his World Title.
Paul worked as corner second for the Ingle camp, handing up to World famous coach, Dominic Ingle, who had ‘Lethal’ Leigh Wood fighting for the British Eliminator against Josh Wale.
Wood won his contest and is set to fight for the British Title in the future.
Mr Gill spoke of his delight at being invited to work with the Ingles, saying: “To work within the Ingle camp is a fantastic opportunity to develop more knowledge and skills.
I believe you can never stop learning from young and old, Leigh did the job well tonight; specific training has paid off.”
Back in Fenland, The Chatteris Amateur boxers will be supporting the British Legion again this year.
Members of the club will be selling poppies this week and will attend the Remembrance Day on the November 8.
Paul, who supports the fundraising efforts at the club says: “This club is not just about boxing, it teaches the importance of respect, supports youngsters with communicatio, so working alongside the British Legion helps in this area and a sense of community is important.”
The Chatteris Boxing Club is hosting a fight night on Saturday November 21, at the Cromwell Community College. For ticket information, please call 01354 693630.