GALLERY: Jordan Gill comes through toughest test so far by winning war with journeyman Razak
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BOXER Jordan Gill came through his toughest test so far as he extended his unbeaten professional record by winning a war with journeyman Sid Razak.
Chatteris’ king of the ring won his fourth pro bout 59-56 on points, but he had to summon a gritty performance to see off his vastly-experienced opponent over six two-minute rounds.
The 18-year-old lost his first round as a professional in the process - and he admitted to having mixed emotions about the victory.
“I just didn’t feel myself,” said Gill. “I felt tired before I got in the ring and I didn’t feel loose enough. I just wasn’t quite on it.
“I thought I was doing four three-minute rounds but just before the fight I found out it was six two-minute rounds. I hate two-minute rounds because I can’t settle or take my time as much.
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“It was definitely the hardest fight I’ve had so far. He was so tough and he came to win.”
Gill started brightly at Peterborough Arena on Saturday before a rally from Razak, who was contesting his 109th bout, saw him take one round and draw another.
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“I wasn’t happy with my performance just because of the way I felt,” said Gill. “But, all things considered, I think I dealt with a very dangerous fighter pretty well.
“I learnt a lot and that’s the most important thing. I’ll look at the positives and the negatives and then get back in the gym and keep working.
“I’ll put all this towards becoming a better boxer. It’s not these fights that will define my career.”
Gill had no time to toast the win as he flew straight out to the Canary Islands to continue helping his Ingle stablemate Kell Brook with his world title fight preparations.
“After the fight I went to the airport and got on an early-morning flight,” he said. “I had an hour’s sleep on the plane and I was sparring again before I knew it!”
The teenage talent hopes to contest his fifth pro bout next month.