Rising star Gill ‘The Thrill’ plans to start living up to his nickname

Jordan Gill (right) in action against Sid Razak.
Jordan Gill (right) in action against Sid Razak.
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Chatteris featherweight Jordan ‘The Thrill’ Gill says he’s going for a knockout in front of the TV cameras this month.

The 21 year-old has been added to a massive bill in Derby on Saturday, July 25.

In the top-of-the-bill fight, Nick Blackwell defends his British middleweight title against Damon Jones and also on the bill, heavyweight hope Hughie Fury looks to extend his unbeaten record.

The show is being screened live on Spike TV and Channel Five and there’s a good chance Gill’s fight will be screened.

He’s a rising star who’s on the brink of a title shot having been nominated to meet Jamie Speight for the vacant English belt - and says he wants an early night at Derby Arena this month.

“I’m definitely looking for a knockout,” said Gill. “I want to get people excited watching me fight. I’ve got the nickname ‘The Thrill’ and it’s time I started living up to it!”

Gill has a couple of stoppage wins on his 13-fight record - including a 36-second blitz of Aaron Flinn - and reckons he’s punching harder than ever after teaming up with a bunch of fitness boffins.

Gill has been working with sports scientists at Hallam University and said: “They are really bringing on my fitness levels through circuits and weights.

“It’s hard work, but it’s going to be worth it. My body is already changing and I feel that I’m punching harder and my skills and speed are also improving.”

Gill says he’s ‘been in the gym every day’ since his last fight, a six-round points win over Barrington Brown in Sheffield March.

He regards that performance as the best of his promising professional career - and hopes to be matched tough again in Derby over either six or eight rounds.

Gill said: “My manager John Ingle probably doesn’t want a tough fight for me with the English-title shot coming up, but I don’t want to fight any more journeymen. I want to fight someone who can push me and as long as I keep beating whoever they put in front of me, my chance will come.

“Fighters who aren’t as good as me have been getting on TV, but in time they will be exposed and I will get my chance to show what I can do.”

Tickets for the show in Derby are available from 07415-618602 or 01354-695211.