Gill ends amateur era in style

Jordan Gill Chatteris boxer
Jordan Gill Chatteris boxer

JORDAN Gill achieved the perfect way to finish his amateur boxing career by winning a Junior ABA title in Batley on Saturday.

The 17-year-old Gill had targeted a win in the competition as his big aim for the year after being beaten in the 60 kilo final last year and he certainly went about his business in tremendous style.

Facing Sheffield boxer Razaq Najib, Gill was soon dominating the bout fighting behind his excellent jab and following up with savage body shots to the rib cage and he took the first round by 10-0 and was 22-4 up at the end of the second round.

The third round developed into a real tussle with Najib taking the round by one point, but Gill still led 32-15.

It was also close in the fourth round but this time Gill edged it to run out a 42-24 margin winner – the highest of Saturday’s contests.

Gill’s father Paul, who is also the coach at Chatteris Boxing Club, said: “Jordan boxed really well but again he showed a lack of stamina and we will get that checked out. The MC congratulated both boxers in a very good contest which was the highest scoring.

“Jordan has decided not to box for England in next month’s tournament because he has his A level exams next month.”

The Cromwell College student, the first-ever Chatteris boxer to win an ABA, said: “I said I wanted this title to finish my amateur career and I have done it. I felt comfortable throughout the bout and was really pleased with my performance.

“It is really good that all the hard work in the gym, the dedication, dieting and everything has paid off and I am really delighted to take the title.

“Now I have to study for my exams before turning professional which has always been the aim. I have always fought like a professional rather than an amateur and it has even cost me wins but it is also part of the learning.”

Gill has had a tremendous amateur career. Apart for the ABA title he was also a CYP champion in 2010 and fought in seven national finals. In all he has had 52 bouts and won 42 of them.

Gill will be joining the all-star Brendan Ingle stable in Sheffield. Ingle has trained a whole host of top class boxers.