Jordan Gill: Looking To Unlock Full Potential
By Cameron Temple
On Eddie Hearn’s now eagerly awaited, regular Instagram live sessions, Kid Galahad vowed that in a rematch he would stop the ‘Leeds warrior’ Josh Warrington within eight rounds, to stoke the fire of an already buzzing featherweight division.
Add to those names the likes of Ryan Walsh and Jazza Dickens, who was involved in a fight of the year contender with Leigh Wood in the inaugural MTK golden contract tournament on the eve of the Fury vs Wilder rematch, then you have yourself a lively domestic scene.
One man who has fallen under the radar in recent times, but a no less promising prospect than those aforementioned boxers, is Cambridgeshire’s Jordan Gill, who believes he is still among the best in the country:
“I think I’d be close to the top. I’m above domestic level and there’s a lot of featherweights in Britain that probably are as well. There’s obviously Josh Warrington and Kid Galahad, but you could probably argue Jazza Dickens and Ryan Walsh are above domestic level as well. So, I’d say I’m somewhere in the mix with those guys.”
In 2018, Jordan’s career appeared to be gaining some real momentum, as he began to reap the rewards of his move from the Ingle gym to his current trainer in Dave Coldwell.
He won the Commonwealth title, stopping Ryan Doyle in the seventh round at the Copper Box arena, before following that up with a terrific win over Emmanuel Dominguez, a night which Jordan holds close to his heart:
“My career highlight was boxing in front of my home fans in Peterborough. I sold out Peterborough arena and headlined my first show on Sky Sports, so that was a big night for me. It was for the WBA International title against a tough Mexican. The only person to stop him before me was Navarette, the world champion, and I did it a lot quicker than him, so that was a big win for me.”
However, in recent times, Jordan’s career has suffered its fair share of setbacks. It began when he endured his first loss to Mario Enrique Tinoco in Nottingham:
“I was absolutely gutted, but these things are lessons and I took a lot from that fight. Obviously, it wasn’t the Jordan Gill you normally see in a boxing ring. I probably shouldn’t have been in the ring at all, but I never say no to a challenge, so I got in there and that happened. But the lessons I learned from that fight will stand me in good stead for the rest of my career.”
It was revealed after the fight that Jordan was suffering from food poisoning on the day of the fight:
“I do regret not pulling out of the fight before, but you live and you learn. During the fight I felt like I could claw it back, I didn’t want to be pulled out in the corner, I wanted to reach the final bell. I knew that when I was landing my shots, I was hurting him, but at the same time I just had no punch resistance. I’ve never been dropped by a headshot ever and his body shots that would normally bounce off me, I just couldn’t soak them up, I had no resilience.”
Despite the disappointment of losing, Jordan has taken encouragement from world champions who have overcome their own losses in the past:
“I think it’s becoming less important to have that 0 on your record, since Mayweather retired, it has lost its appeal, because people don’t care about records anymore. If you look at most of the top fighters in the world, they’ve all lost. You look at the two biggest stars in world boxing, Canelo and Anthony Joshua. They’ve both got losses on their record, but no one cares because of how they’ve come back and it’s about the fights they’re involved in.
“People don’t ask me, ‘what’s you’re record?’ they ask me ‘who are you fighting?’ They just want to see good fights, so even if you lose in a good fight and it’s at a decent level, then you can come back from that no problem. Sometimes you can lose and your stock rises.”
Following his recovery from a fractured hand that had also happened in the Tinoco fight, Jordan was quick to get back to winning ways, travelling to Italy to beat Yesner Talavera by unanimous decision.
However, the good times were short lived, as Jordan was diagnosed with a thyroid disease, which kept him out of the ring and halted any chance of reinvigorating his career at that time:
“I still have regular blood tests, but it’s all cleared up now. I’m ready to push on with my career, so hopefully when this lockdown ends, I can gain some momentum and get back into the big fights.”
The coronavirus has further delayed Jordan’s return to the ring, as he was supposed to fight on the cancelled Josh Kelly vs David Avanesyan card at the 02 arena:
“It was massively frustrating, probably more so for me than anyone else, because I was meant to be fighting in December and that fell through and now this one as well. So, I’ve had two camps that I’ve trained for where the fights have been cancelled.
“The camps cost money and I’m not making any money, there’s no income, so it’s hard work. I feel like I can only have so many setbacks, but at the same time what gives you confidence is the fact that this time, unlike the other times, it’s not just happening to me, everyone’s in the same boat. That’s the only comfort I can take from this situation.”
“I’ve just got to make sure that when I comeback I’ve improved.” Jordan continued, “I need to be going straight into big fights now, because even though I’m only twenty-five, I’m coming into my prime and I need to push on. I’ve had so many meaningless fights that now I want to get my name out there. I’d like to look towards a European title shot, maybe fight some former world champions. I just want to be in big fights to entertain the fans.”
Jordan may have never even entered a boxing ring had it not been for his dad, who Jordan credits as his biggest influence:
“I first walked into the gym when I was four years old, the reason why I started was because I went to school and I was causing problems. I had too much energy, and I was running around chasing the girls and being a nuisance, so the teachers said to my parents that I needed to burn off some energy. So, they took me to the swimming pool before school and to the boxing gym after school, because my dad was a local amateur boxing coach, so he took me to the gym with him.”
Jordan enjoyed a successful amateur career, even rubbing shoulders with 2021 Olympic gold medal hopeful, Pat McCormack, as he revealed:
“I boxed for England a few times and I won some national titles and every year I was in the top two in England. I was even meant to be going to the world youth championships in 2012. I turned pro instead, so they sent Pat McCormack and he actually won gold, that was in my division. Everything happens for a reason and now I’ve got a lot of experience behind me so I can push on.”
Jordan has spent his professional career in the company of some elite British trainers. He originally turned over with Dominic Ingle and now he plies his trade with Dave Coldwell in Sheffield:
“In the Ingle gym you gain so much from the other fighters in the gym. They’re all different styles and there’s a lot of competition because there’s such a volume of fighters. There’s always great banter and a good atmosphere, so everyone bounces off each other and brings each other on at the same time.”
“Since I started training with Dave, he has really slowed everything down, by breaking down my style and he’s made a lot of changes to my inside game. My overall boxing with Dave has improved so much and he’s made my technique a lot better. He’s got me sitting down on my punches more and I’m hurting people in fights now.”
Despite Jordan having spent much of his professional career in Sheffield, his home is in Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, a town with more boxing history than you might expect, leaving Jordan with substantial boots to fill:
“Boxing’s not that big in my area, but Chatteris has actually had a couple of good fighters. We’ve had Eric Boon and Dave ‘boy’ Green who were both British and European champions. Dave Green even boxed Sugar Ray Leonard and Carlos Palomino for world titles. They were both British and European champions, so hopefully I’ll be third time lucky and go one step further by winning a world title and bringing it back to Chatteris!”