MATCHROOM BOXING: JD NXTGEN NOTTINGHAM PREVIEW
By Jack Price
British featherweight prospects and long-time best mates and flatmates Leigh Wood and Jordan Gill both return to the ring this Friday as British boxing returns to the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham! Wood defends his Commonwealth title against Ryan Doyle in the main event and Gill puts his WBA International featherweight title on the line against Mexican Enrique Tinoco. Both men actually won their titles on the same night last time out on March 2nd in Peterborough and both delivered impressive performances so they will be looking to do the same again on Friday night.
Wood’s opponent Ryan Doyle (17-3-1, 9 KO’s) will be looking to win back his old belt as he has been Commonwealth champion before. He actually lost the belt to Jordan Gill back in October of last year. Gill later vacated so that Wood could have the chance to fight for it. Wood (21-1, 11 KO’s) is now on a 10-fight win streak since losing in 6 rounds to Gavin McDonnell back in 2014 and looked very impressive when he won the belt against Abraham Osei Bonsu via a 3rd round knockout.
Wood will be looking to put on another exciting show here especially as it in front of his home fans in Nottingham at an arena that has had some fantastic boxing nights over the years. I expect the 30-year old to continue his good form and get the victory over Doyle but it won’t be easy. I think it’ll be an even match-up for the first half of the fight but then Wood will start to take control and establish himself and win via late stoppage.
Chief support sees Jordan Gill (23-0, 7 KO’s) take on tough Mexican Enrique Tinoco (17-5-4, 12 KO’s). In my opinion, Gill is one of the brightest young talents in boxing right now and should be looking to put on another masterclass in this one. His performance to win the belt last time out against Emmanuel Dominguez was probably the best of his career and I can’t see this opponent causing him many problems at all. However, the Mexican is tough and has been the distance with American star Devin Haney up at lightweight so if Gill can force a stoppage it will make a statement.
Tinoco has only been stopped once though and that was against veteran Miguel Roman who hits hard so it’s a big ask for Gill to get the knockout victory. My prediction is Gill wide on points, probably winning every round along the way.
Also on the undercard is amateur star Dalton Smith who makes his professional debut against journeyman Luka Lescovic and unbeaten heavyweight Fabio Wardley up against German Dennis Lewandowski in a big step-up from his previous opponents. Stephen Smith also returns to action for the first time in 17 months in a 6-rounder against journeyman Giovanni Martinez.