Jordan Gill 'itching' to get back in the ring ahead of big fight on Kell Brook undercard
Chatteris boxing star Jordan Gill says he is hoping to make his big fight on the undercard of Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title bout 'as easy as it can be.'
The 21-year-old was in confident mood ahead of his 16th career fight in the Sheffield Arena on Saturday, and ‘The Thrill’ says he can’t wait to get back into the ring after a three-month absence.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. “I’m itching to get back in the ring and get going. This week leading up to the fight is going so slowly.”
The former Junior ABA title-holder has been training at the world-renowned Ingle Gym in the Steel City since his last fight - a TKO victory over Harvey Hemsley in December - and says that his gruelling training regime has left him feeling more confident than ever.
Gill said: “I’ve always trained hard and it’s been no different this time around. I’m constantly in the gym and I’m always looking to improve and build on what I’ve got.
“This week is all about preparing, relaxing and looking forward to the fight.”
Gill will look to extend his unbeaten run to 16 fights when he takes on 22-year-old Plymouth-based fighter Chris Adaway on the undercard of Brook’s title defence against Canadian Kevin Bizier.
Adaway has a less-than-impressive professional record, with only four wins in his 18 fights, but Gill says he hasn’t been paying too much attention to his opponent’s record.
He said: “I never look too much into my opponent’s records, but I know that he’s a young, hungry lad and he’ll come out fighting.
“He’s definitely better than his record suggests.”
Gill has always been backed by a loyal band of supporters, but it is expected that over 200 fans will travel from around the country – including Chatteris – to cheer him on, and the young fighter has been humbled by the support he’s received.
“The support I’ve had has been really good – I’m overwhelmed at how many people are travelling up to see the fight,” he said.
“We’ve sold tens of thousands of pounds worth of tickets and we’ve got two coaches going from Chatteris, and I just want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me and to C & G coaches for laying the coaches on.”
Gill is also hoping that Saturday’s fight will act as a stepping-stone to a possible title fight later in the year.
The former Chatteris ABC fighter has previously expressed his frustration at not being given a shot at a national or commonwealth strap, but hopes that he’ll be competing for a belt come the end of the year.
He said: “I want to be fighting for a title by the end of the year – whether it’s the English, British or Commonwealth.
“I’m 100% ready.”
There are a limited number of tickets available for Gill’s fight, which can be bought at http://www.matchroomboxing.com/tickets/, and coaches to the Sheffield Arena will leave Chatteris Library at 12.00pm (midday) on Saturday March 26.