Gill looking to launch Phase Two of career next month

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill hopes to be back in the ring next month at his new super featherweight level – and ‘The Thrill’ is setting his sights on a world title.

Gill, who has not fought since a technical knockout defeat to Kiko Martinez at Wembley Arena last October, will be fighting under a new promoter.

The 28-year-old former European and Commonwealth featherweight champ is in negotiations with several teams after his deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom corporation came to an end.

Jordan Gill in action during his defeat against Kiko Martinex last year. Picture: Adam Fairbrother
Jordan Gill in action during his defeat against Kiko Martinex last year. Picture: Adam Fairbrother

He said: “I have been speaking to various promoters and I am looking forward to getting a deal over the line with one of them. We are assessing who can offer the best deal, not just financially but who can progress me with the right fights at the right time to get me to that world level where we know I should be competing.

“I am a championship level fighter and I should be in championship fights so it is a case of who can give me the best route. I think we will have something finalised within the next few weeks and hopefully push on to fight soon, probably in June.”

Gill will be looking at an eight round bout to get used to the step up to 130lbs and then look for bigger challenges after that, with a grudge match against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s cousin Isaac Lowe not off the cards.

“Lowe is still definitely a potential fight. I’m not chasing it but if it comes I will grab it with both hands. And I know everyone else wants to see it.

“It’s not often in your career that you get a chance to take part in a real grudge match, and everyone knows we do not like each other, so for me, that one would be great.”

After the Martinez defeat saw him decide to step up a weight, Gill is now looking forward to what he is calling ‘Phase Two’ of his career. “I’ve been in the gym all year, working hard and perfecting my craft and I’m looking forward to being back.

“I’m feeling rejuvenated, I’m feeling refreshed. I’ve gone up to 130lb as a super featherweight and I’m massively feeling the benefits of it now.

“I’m looking forward to fighting now and showing off what I’ve been working on in training, showing people the new Jordan Gill.

“I feel this is the second phase of my career and people are going to see the best of me now. I feel that I am mature, experienced and I am really looking forward to showing what I can do at super featherweight.”

Now he is fighting at the same weight as his childhood hero Prince Naseem Hamed, Gill added: “I always liked watching him as a kid. He was someone who I was looking at when I first got into boxing so it’s pretty cool to be competing for the same titles that he once did.

“I look back at my achievements and the titles I have won in boxing already and then the boxers who have won titles at this weight and I can see I am in very good company.

“Sometimes you have to take a step back and appreciate what you have actually achieved. I’ve been Commonwealth champion, I’ve been European champion, I’ve won WBAs and nationals, I’ve been top four in the world.

“So I’m looking back now and thinking I’ve done well in the sport, but I’m nowhere near done yet and I’m looking forward to achieving more and getting to the pinnacle.”