Jordan Gill adjusted to a change of format in order to win his fourth pro fight out of four on points at Peterborough on Saturday night.
The Chatteris teenager was expecting the usual four three-minute rounds against Sid Razak, but explained: “They came in five minutes before the fight and said it would be six two-minute rounds. I don’t get on with two-minute rounds, not at all.”
Despite this the local boy, spurred by a partisan crowd, won five rounds and drew one, overall the scores going 59-56 to the 18-year-old.
Whether the shorter format upset his preparation or not, super-featherweight Gill said he was not feeling right and added: “My legs just felt detached from my body. The kid was really tough. He came to win and was swinging.
“I held him off and had a dodgy fifth round. I learned a lot from that fight. He was a real good kid: so tough and he wanted to win so badly. He was big around 11 stone, and I have never gone past 10 stone.
“The crowd were great and I couldn’t ask for any more support. Thanks to them and thanks to the Ingles for helping out.”
Ingle Gym member Gill had to rush to Nottingham’s East Midlands airport after the fight to catch a plane to the Fuerteventura camp where he will be training and sparring with stablemate Kell Brook in the preparation for his bout.
Many of the Ingle Gym boxers will attend the camp.
Gill’s next fight is scheduled to be around seven weeks’ time.