Dazzling display will raise excitement about Chatteris ring star Gill
Boxers often talk about making a statement in their performances. Jordan Gill didn’t need to do that last night, because his fists did the talking for him.
The Chatteris featherweight had already stepped up to title class in emphatic fashion when he claimed the Commonwealth title from Ryan Doyle last October.
But, against Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez on Saturday, he appeared to have moved on a level even from that showing, producing a display that will surely impress all who were lucky enough to see it.
Let’s be clear about one thing – Dominguez may be a decent fighter, but he is no world-beater. His record shows that.
Yet the fact he had only been stopped once in 32 previous fights as a professional, allied to Gill’s low knockout percentage, suggested a long fight might be the likeliest outcome.
But the scale of Dominguez’s challenge soon became apparent as Gill quickly settled into a rhythm and began to pick off his opponent.
When the Chatteris man staggered him right at the end of the second round, having already got through with numerous powerful punches, it suggested we might be in for an early night.
The end came quickly, with authority, and will undoubtedly have made an impact in the upper reaches of the featherweight division.
Not for the first time then, we should have listened to Gill’s recently-retired former gym-mate Tony Bellew, who was at ringside working for television.
Ahead of the fight, he told me he expected an “amazing” performance from Gill. Afterwards, the former WBC world cruiserweight champion could barely contain his glee and simply said: “I told you.”
Dave Coldwell, the man who guided Bellew to world title glory and may now be helping Gill along a similar path, was equally thrilled, particularly given the revelation that eye and rib injuries had made preparations for the fight far from ideal.
If Gill can produce this kind of performance with a troubled build-up, which reportedly included a broken rib and a scratched eyeball, then we’re surely entitled to get excited about what might follow in the future.
It’s not just on these shores that Gill is now being noticed either. Douglass Fischer, editor in chief of the most prestigious boxing publication in the world, Ring magazine, was sufficiently moved to take to social media to suggest that Gill is a man to keep an eye on.
Many will need more convincing, understandably so. Despite the dazzling nature of Gill's performance, there will be those who question the quality of the opposition and whether he may have been given a harder test by holding onto the Commonwealth belt he won so impressively last autumn.
Other up and coming British talents have fallen short lately when stepped up in class. But the apparent quality of Gill's display at the weekend demands that he get a similar test sooner rather than later.