Unbeaten Chatteris pro boxer Jordan Gill is set to face a Welsh champion in a TV date to remember in Sheffield on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, who has a 15 and 15 record, is on the undercard fight to stablemate Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title defence against Canadian Kevin Bizier.
Gill is being lined up against Mark Evans (34) over six or eight rounds at the 13,500-capacity Motorpoint Sheffield Arena on Saturday, and is on the Sky Sports-televised bill.
Gill, a member of the famous Ingle stable, said: “This is a good fight for me. It’s a step up and that’s what I need.
“I’m sure if I stick to my boxing I can handle him. I will see what he brings in the first 30 seconds and then decide what to do.”
Gill has been sparring with stablemates Leigh Wood and Kid Galahad in preparation and is aiming to fight for a major title by the end of the year.
Welsh Area super-featherweight champion Evans has 11 wins from 16 fights, with two draws.
The Holyhead fighter is looking to bounce back from a nightmare year in which he suffered three straight defeats, but has since changed trainers and plans to campaign as a featherweight for his future bouts.
“I had a horrible year. I lost to good lads but I know I wasn’t boxing at my best, I lost my father and my head wasn’t right,” he told Livefight.
l Gill and father Paul were among those who paid tributes at the funeral of Matty (Melvin) Payne.
Matty passed away on January 1 following a lifetime of boxing interest in a variety of forms.
Growing up in Fenland, which is renowned for boxing, Matty joined the Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club. He had a successful amateur career having over 300 amateur fights and becoming a Junior ABA finalist.
After his career ended Matty became a trainer at the Chatteris club and supported dozens of boxers to prepare to compete and become responsible citizens.
In 1998, Matty enrolled former Chatteris boxer, Paul Gill, to take over the role as trainer at the club and for the next 18 years they worked in partnership to build a hugely successful club.
Matty took on the role of club matchmaker and became responsible for every boxing match made for every Chatteris amateur boxer over the last 18 years. He also organisedregular home shows. Over this time successes of the club include around 50 Eastern county titles, four ABA senior and junior semi-finalists, two England internationals, seven national finalists and two national titles. One of those successes is Jordan Gill.
Matty also felt strongly about supporting the youngsters to develop their social skills; and was a respected Mid-Anglia official.
Trainer Paul Gill has retired from his role within the Chatteris ABC, having been involved in the club for a total of 30 years – he feels it would just not be the same without his partner, Matty.
The Gill family said: “Essentially he was a man of the people, a man who family and community were close to his heart and a man who leaves a huge void in many people’s lives.”