From Chatteris youngster to pro boxer: Jordan Gill ready to write new chapter in town’s boxing history
JORDAN Gill will write a new chapter in Chatteris’ proud boxing history when he makes his professional debut tomorrow.
The 18-year-old will contest the first bout on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF World title eliminator clash with Carson Jones in Sheffield.
A coach-load of fans are set to watch Gill follow in the footsteps of legendary Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club champions such as Eric Boon and Dave ‘Boy’ Green.
He is expected to face 32-year-old Kristian Laight, who has had more than 130 bouts, and he is determined to make a winning start.
“I’m always confident,” he said. “I’ve just got to box well and I know the win will come.
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“It only seems like yesterday that I was an 11-year-old starting out at Chatteris. It’s come around so fast but it’s felt like natural progression.
“It’s a massive step but it’s one I’m ready to take.”
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Gill, who finished his A-level exams two weeks ago, has been training hard in Sheffield’s famous Wincobank gym alongside superstars such as Brook.
Trainer Dominic Ingle said: “Jordan is a clever kid. He knows what he’s doing and he’s got it under control.
“It’s his first pro fight but he’s done the training and he’s in the right hands. If Jordan sticks to his guns he will beat this guy.
“If he makes mistakes there could be problems - so this is a test.”
Crowds will gather to watch Gill weigh-in alongside the other boxers today.
The teenager said: “I’ve been training harder than ever and I’m probably the fittest I’ve ever been.
“I’m not really nervous, I’m just itching to get in there. I’m sick of training, I just want to be in the ring.
“It might feel weird not wearing a vest and headguard though!”
Father and Chatteris ABC coach Paul Gill travelled to Sheffield yesterday, ready to take his place in his son’s corner.
Gill’s debut comes just six days after he turned 18 and the Amateur Boxing Association champion admitted the bout had kept birthday celebrations low-key.
“I couldn’t even have a cake,” he said. “I haven’t had any carbs for two or three weeks so I’m ready to rip someone’s head off!”