Sensational punch lands Chatteris fighter Jordan Gill European title
Chatteris fighter Jordan Gill produced an amazing right hand punch to win the European featherweight boxing title by a stunning knockout earlier this evening.
Gill becomes the second fighter from the small market town to win the coveted title, after the Fen Tiger Dave 'Boy' Green held the title in 1979.
'The Thrill' seemed to be on the way to defeat against reigning champion Karim Guerfi at the O2 Arena in London before the brutal ninth round shot left his opponent receiving oxygen treatment in the ring.
After starting well, 27-year-old Gill was taking some heavy punishment, was knocked down in the seventh round and then wrestled to the ground in the eighth, smacking his head against the canvas.
Gill had a huge swelling over his right eye, and was so unsteady on his legs, he had struggled to walk out of his corner.
He was clearly dazed and a stoppage defeat seemed on the cards, with fans on social media calling for his corner to throw in the towel and pundits having Guerfi leading narrowly on points with nine of the 10 rounds nearly completed.
But, while on the ropes in the ninth round, the 27-year-old rallied and landed a vicious right to Guerfi's head, which knocked out the Frenchman with just two seconds of the round remaining.
Gill was taken to see the doctor immediately after the result was confirmed.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “That is one of the most remarkable things l have ever seen.”
Even before the late drama unfolded, the fight had been thrilling. Guerfi got through with a right in the first round but Gill got in some good second round punches. After a close third, Gill took over in the fourth, and in the fifth landed a solid right that hurt Guerfi.
But the Frenchman came on strong in the sixth and then caught Gill with a big left hook in the seventh, knocking him to the floor. Gill was then caught on the ropes as Guerfi unloaded, the two falling to the floor together, with Gill's head smashing on to the canvas.
For most of the eighth, Gill stayed stuck in his corner and when he ventured out, his legs seemed unable to carry him. He landed one good right but was under continuous pressure, especially after Guerfi landed a big right.
The ninth was going the same way, with Gill stuck in his corner before that amazing shot that won the title. Referee Thomas Walser did not bother to count.