JORDAN GILL follows in the steps of Chatteris greats Eric Boon and Dave Boy Green when he makes his professional boxing debut at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday night.
Gill will be fighting on the under card of the world title eliminator between Kell Brooks and Casey Jones in front of a 12,000 crowd and the Sky Sports cameras.
This is the moment that the 18-year-old has looked forward to since he started boxing under the care of his father and coach Paul in the Chatteris gym 10 years ago.
Since then he has proved himself an amateur champion and finished in May by collecting the Junior ABA title in his last unpaid bout.
But it has always been about a professional career for Jordan and his training always been geared to the professional scene.
Gill has spent the last two weeks training in Sheffield under the careful eye of his new manager Dominic Ingle to prepare for Saturday’s fight when he will come up against the 32-year-old Kristian Laight from Nuneaton. Laight is an very experienced orthodox fighter with more than 100 previous bouts with six wins and six draws.
Jordan, who only left the Cromwell College last month after his A levels, said: “I cannot wait for Saturday. I have had some good training in Sheffield and feel sharp and ready.
“I have been doing plenty of sparring and pad work. I have been in the ring with Kid Galahad and another big prospect Leigh Wood which helped sharpen me up.
“It has also been early morning too with 6.30am sessions for circuits and sprints but at least I am fully prepared.
“I will be starting as a super featherweight, but in time I would like to get up to lightweight.”
Gill will have great local support on Saturday with a 57-seater coach sold out and many others travelling up by cars.
His father Paul, who went to the Sheffield gym as a prospective boxer before moving to Chatteris and will be in his corner on Saturday, said about his son’s first pro fight: “To me it is just another show but it is great that he will be having his first professional fight on such a big bill. I only hope he stays safe doing what he likes doing.
“He could not have gone to a better trainer than Dominic because he is the best in the world and I am quite happy to hand Jordan over to him. He will also be like a father figure to him up in Sheffield as well and could not be in better hands.
“It is great that Chatteris has got another professional boxer and there is a buzz around the town again like we had when Dave Boy Green and Eric Boon were fighting.
“People keep stopping me around the town just to ask how Jordan is doing and to have over 100 people buy tickets for the fight is fantastic.”