GALLERY: Chatteris’ new king of the ring Jordan Gill makes winning pro boxing debut
CHATTERIS’ new king of the ring Jordan Gill announced himself to the world of professional boxing on Saturday by strolling to a debut victory.
Gill cruised to a 40-36 points win over Nuneaton journeyman Kristian Laight in Sheffield - just six days after he turned 18.
The debutant won every round of his bout, which was the first on the undercard for Kell Brook’s epic points win over Carson Jones.
He was cheered to victory by more than 100 fans from the Fens who set up camp in the stands of the Motorpoint Arena.
Gill said: “I wasn’t that nervous. I got in there and I just wanted to take my time and not get caught because of a stupid mistake.
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“I caught him with a big shot in the first round and then after that he didn’t want to know. I got a right hand straight through his guard and I saw his eyes go funny.
“I probably got caught with two shots in the whole fight. I think I could have done a bit more but this guy had a lot of experience and he used it.
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“He was trying to tie me up and I felt his strength a bit but I fought a clever fight.”
Amateur Boxing Association champion Gill showed no nerves against an opponent who was contesting his 138th professional bout.
The Chatteris talent rattled Laight within 30 seconds by following up a barrage of body shots with a fierce jab to the chin.
He continued his assault on Laight’s rib-cage in the second round, buzzing around the ring to the delight of his vociferous support.
Gill was proving too quick for his opponent, who seemed content to survive as his guard took a hammering.
With Sky Sports presenters filming links at ringside, Gill proceeded to dominate the third round.
A thumping right hand in the fourth and final stanza had his army of fans on their feet and Gill finished the bout as he had started it, on the front foot.
The teenager was given a pat on the back by his legendary trainer Dominic Ingle before turning to face the cameras for his first photographs as a victorious professional boxer.
Gill said: “When the crowd from Chatteris cheered my name I couldn’t believe it - it was great to see so many of them.
“All the boys in the gym said to make sure you win - but the main thing is to enjoy it. You only get one pro debut and I enjoyed mine. I will never get those four rounds again.
“I just did what Dominic told me. He’s the genius! In between rounds he said: ‘this is easy for you isn’t it?’”
Proud father Paul said: “He boxed well but he’s got a long way to go. His opponent was a bit of a spoiler but Jordan did what he was told and I’m pleased.
“It was brilliant to see so many fans from Chatteris here as well.”
Gill looks set to contest his second professional bout on the undercard of Kid Galahad’s show in September. He is hoping to have between six and eight bouts in the next year.
But how will Chatteris’ new hero reward himself for making a winning debut?
“I might get a Burger King,” he said, with a grin.