Jordan Gill’s emphatic seventh round stoppage over Ryan Doyle last weekend surprised many within the boxing industry. Although Gill entered the ring as favourite, the manner of his victory, a dominant dismantling, ensured that those in attendance and watching on Sky Sports were being treated to a ruthless masterclass that Dave Coldwell, Gill’s manager and trainer, always knew he was capable of.
On a weekend dominated by boxing, Gill’s performance was arguably the highlight and the man guiding his career was delighted with how his charge handled the occasion.
“The only doubt I ever had about Jordan was how he handled pressure,” admitted Coldwell. “In the gym, in sparring and on smaller shows, Jordan works to instruction and I rarely have any complaints about him, but Saturday was a big show live on Sky Sports and the odd little doubt creeps in. He’s worked so hard for such an opportunity but then you wonder if he’ll try to hard to impress and then spoil all his good work. Luckily he handled the spotlight like a true professional and he produced a flawless display to stop a very good kid in Doyle who was in the form of his life. I couldn’t be any more proud for him because this is what he’s always wanted and he’s had to work so hard for it.”
With the Commonwealth belt strapped tightly around Gill’s slender waist following Saturday’s win, the opportunity to add to that honour should be straightforward. The featherweight division is stacked with multiple chances of further glory and Gill has his focus set on more daunting threats that loiter on the horizon. Coldwell is insistent that Gill’s ceiling is high and he’s confident his man can continue in the right direction.
“He’s got time on his side and he’s still learning every single day in the gym. That’s the beauty of the whole thing because he’s still got so much improving to do and I can’t wait to see what he’s like at 100%. There are fights out there at the top end of featherweight where he lacks experience, but I do think he’ll be ready for the best names in the near future. Fighters like Reece Bellotti will want to make a claim for this belt and then you have Ryan Walsh who is going for the British I think. Kiko Martinez would also be great too as he got his hands on the European belt last weekend. The most important thing is that he keeps his feet on the ground because doing that has got him to this point. There’s a lot more good nights in store for Jordan Gill and I can’t wait to be a part of them.”