Gill '˜The Thrill' feels a world title is within reach
Chatteris featherweight Jordan '˜The Thrill' Gill is convinced he will rule the world.
The 21 year-old looks to extend his unbeaten record in Sheffield on Saturday night.
In the top-of-the-bill fight, Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight title against Kevin Bizier, from Canada.
Gill was in America when his stable mate took the title from Shawn Porter to become the fourth fighter from the Ingles’ gym in Sheffield to win a world title after Prince Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and Junior Witter.
Gill reckons he will add his name to that list.
He said: “By the time I’m 23 years old, I believe I will be a world-level fighter. That’s the level I want to get to - or I’m wasting my time.
“I’ve been in the gym sparring people like Kid Galahad and Jorge Linares and thought to myself: ‘Wow, they can really fight.’
“They are world-class fighters, but I feel that’s within my reach. There’s no rush. I’ve got time to get to that level and I’m sure that I will.
“The Ingles will know when I’m ready.”
Gill - and his father Paul - have invested years in boxing.
As an amateur, Gill won national honours and he’s been training at the Ingles’ gym since he was “10 or 11 years old.”
He said: “There are pictures of me with Kid Galahad when I was a boy and when I was still in my teens I would get in there and spar people like Jon Thaxton and Junior Witter. I want to do what they’ve done.
“I’ve put so many hours into boxing - and so has my dad - and we did it because I want to be a world champion.
“I stay up in Sheffield away from my family because that’s what I have to do to get where I want to get to.”
Gill takes the next step in his promising career against Chris Adaway in a six rounder after Welsh champion Mark Evans turned the fight down.
Gill says he remembers the 22 year-old from Plymouth on the amateur circuit.
Adaway reached the last four of the ABA championship and as a professional, he’s proved to be a stubborn opponent for up-and-coming prospects.
He only lost by a point to touted Romeo Romaeo last year and is always a handful.
Gill, who’s only lost one round compiling a perfect 15-0 slate, said: “I’m going to go out there and do what I have to do to make it easy as possible for myself.
“I want to impress.
“Then again, there’s more chance of Eddie Hearn putting me in with one of his prospects if I don’t impress !
“I’m just hoping I get a good slot on the show and show everyone what I can do.
“I’m getting good sparring and I feel I’m progressing.”
To prepare for this fight, Gill has been sparring Galahad, set to return after serving a ban, and Andrew Selby, the former world No 1 amateur who’s quickly rising the flyweight rankings.