Boxing: Win number 14 for Gill ‘The Thrill’

Jordan Gill was in imperious form as he notched up his 14th straight win.
Jordan Gill was in imperious form as he notched up his 14th straight win.
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Chatteris featherweight Jordan ‘The Thrill’ Gill made it 14 straight wins in front of the TV cameras last night (July 25).

The 21 year-old won every session of his six-round fight with George Gachechiladze in front of a big crowd at Derby Arena.

Highlights of the fight were screened on Spike TV and Richie Woodhall, the ex-WBC super-middleweight champion, praised Gill for his “skills, hand speed and punch variety.”

Woodhall described Gill, scheduled to meet Jamie Speight for the vacant English title later this year, as “a really good prospect.”

Gill, who took plenty of noisy supporters from the Fens with him, said: “I went out there to knock him out and I was surprised he didn’t hit the floor.

“He did look like he was ready to go a couple of times.

“I hit him clean with some good shots and hurt my hands. His head was rock hard !

“I had to stick to my boxing. I got the rounds in at a good pace and I don’t think I missed with much.”

Gachechiladze, who bizarrely had Gill’s father Paul working as the house second in his corner, showed a granite chin to get through the opening couple of rounds as Gill reeled off rapid-fire combinations from all angles.

Twenty-eight-year-old Gachechiladze, who challenged for the vacant WBO European super-bantamweight championship last March, swung back with left-look counters and kept taking the fight to Gill, who settled to outbox him off the back foot.

Boxing mostly as a southpaw, Gill used the ring well and walked the tough-as-old-boots Georgian onto crisp, fast punches until the final bell.

Gill, always his own harshest critic, added afterwards: “I could have relaxed a bit more and I think you will see me box better when I’m in there with better opponents.”