CHATTERIS boxing sensation Jordan Gill is determined to finish his amateur career with a victory in the ABA Junior Championships which get underway at the March BRAZA Club on April 13.
Gill was narrowly defeated in the final last May by Sunderland’s Jake Slater in a bout many thought he had edged, but that has made Gill even more determined to succeed this year.
The 17-year-old is due to turn professional in the summer when he will be joining the all-conquering stable of trainer Brendan Ingle in Sheffield.
Gill said: “It was really disappointing to lose the ABA final because I thought I had won it even though I did not box at my best.
“This year I have been training hard to put things right and there will be no excuses as I am primed and ready to go. I cannot think of anything better than to end my amateur career with a big title.”
Gill, who trains at the Chatteris Boxing Club where his father Paul is the coach, is still a student at the Cromwell Community College and has been busy juggling his training with his A level studies with his exams coming up.
“I have still got five exams left and they clash with the England boxing if I am successful in the ABAs. But the studying has gone well and hopefully I will get some good results.”
Gill has also found time to visit the Ingle gym recently where the likes of Kell Brook and King Galahad are put through their paces.
“I have learned a lot by going there and hopefully I can put some it into practice the championships.”
Gill is hoping he will get a bout and not a bye in the Eastern Counties finals at March in two weeks and added: “It will be disappointing if I do not get a bout because I really need to fight. But if not then I should have a bout in the ABA quarter-finals later in April.”
Gill has been training at the Chatteris gym since he was a young boy and a professional career has always been the target, and he added: “It is all I have ever really thought about. I cannot believe it has come around already and I am really looking forward to going to Sheffield in the summer and then my first professional fight.”
Gill has already got one sponsor on board for this year with Jordan Fitness of Wisbech backing him, but he is also keen to attract other backers before his pro career kicks off and he can be contacted on 01354 695211.
Last year Charlie Stevens became the first March boxer for over 50 years to win a Junior ABA title in Rochester and the club’s Danny Hedges will also be looking for a good run in the championships this year after reaching the semi-finals last year. Hedges and clubmate Mark Crosby should get bouts at the BRAZA dinner show when there will be 15 bouts in all.
All dinner tickets have been sold out, but fans will be still be able to pay £10 on the night with the boxing starting at 8pm.
Chatteris Boxing Club have a boxing night on May 5 and tickets are available from Matty Payne on 01354 693630. It is £10 for the boxing only and £30 for the three-course meal and boxing.
Chatteris BC would welcome any youngsters aged 8 and over to keep fit or box. Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5-7pm and Saturday 8.30-10am. Contact Paul Gill on 01354 695211 for any further details.