Boxing - Gill to fight for the English title

Jordan Gill (right)  is to fight for the English title.
Jordan Gill (right) is to fight for the English title.
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Jordan Gill has got a shot at the vacant English featherweight championship.

Boxing bosses have paired the 20 year-old from Chatteris with Jamie Speight for the St George’s belt.

Promoters have until July 8 to submit purse bids and the scheduled 10-round fight has to take place by the end of October.

Gill gets his chance after winning his first 13 fights and says news of the title clash is “brilliant news.”

He’s set to box again next month and looking ahead to his title challenge, he said: “I’m ready for this. I’ve won all my fights and I’m looking good in the gym, so why not?

“This is the fight I need at this stage in my career. I want to step up.

“Speight is a level above anyone I’ve boxed yet, but if I turn up on the night and I’m on form, it shouldn’t be a tough night for me.”

Speight is a 26 year-old from Kingsteignton in Devon who holds the Southern Area title.

Last month, he kept the belt with a points win over Slough’s tough-as-old-boots Ian Bailey.

That was his sixth successive scheduled 10-round fight and his 20-fight record shows that he’s previously challenged for the English title, losing on points over 10 rounds to Josh Warrington in Leeds a couple of years ago.

Warrington has gone on to win British, Commonwealth and European titles and is close to a world-title shot.

Speight also lost a close fight to Lewis Pettitt, who’s now world-ranked at super-bantamweight.

Speight has completed the 10-round distance in five of his last six fights, while Gill has yet to go beyond six.

He completed the six-round distance for the second time in March when he outpointed Barrington Brown, who went on to give world-title contender Stephen Smith a tough work-out.

Gill said: “I did the rounds comfortably and could have done another four.

“It would be good to do the 10 rounds against Speight. It will be good experience for the bigger fights I’m going to have in the future.”

Winning the English title could lead to a shot at the British title for Gill, who’s based at the Ingles’ gym in Sheffield.

Ryan Walsh, one of three boxing brothers from Cromer, and Hull’s Samir Mouneimne meet for the vacant title on Saturday, September 5.

But Gill isn’t looking beyond Speight.

He said: “The win over Barrington Brown was probably my best result so far and Speight is a level up from him.

“I know I’m taking a big step up.

“I don’t know much about Speight, but I know he’s a good fighter. I will study him and see what gameplan my trainer Dominic Ingle comes up with.

“It should be a good fight. I’m looking forward to it.”