Matchroom Boxing has formally announced one of the main features to their upcoming JDNXTGEN card headlined by Lewis Ritson who defends his British lightweight title against Joe Murray at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. The card is set to be televised on Sky Sports and is part of the popular series which showcases a number of talents from Matchroom’s stable or associated fighters.
Jordan Gill (19-0) last week was announced to be featured on the card with the unbeaten featherweight with the unbeaten South Yorkshire based Cambridgeshire native set to face the toughest test of his career to date. Gill is handled by Dave Coldwell on a training and managerial basis.
Gill is to meet former two-weight Commonwealth title holder Jason Cunningham in a British featherweight title eliminator with the respective title currently held by Ryan Walsh, who defends his title on the 17th of February against Isaac Lowe. Cunningham (23-4) who has held Commonwealth titles at Bantamweight and Featherweight, returns to action following his stoppage defeat to highly rated Watford featherweight Reece Bellotti in October in which he lost his Commonwealth title in the process.
Gill himself still only 23-years-old switched from the Ingle Gym set-up in Sheffield to Coldwell last year following a frustrating period which coincided with inactivity. Speaking via Matchroom Press release, Gill said he was eager to fight for something major after the collapse of an English title fight with Samir Mouniemne.
“I want to be fighting regularly and I want to be in big fights,” said Gill. “This year I’m looking at all the top guys in Britain, and they know it. I’ve had two fights with Dave and it’s really clicking, I’m mandatory for the English title but Samir Mouniemne vacated the title because he didn’t want to fight me, then Ben Jones said no – these guys don’t want to face me. But I can take a step closer to the British title in Manchester so things are looking good.
“The gym is buzzing. We’re a tight group, I’m the youngest in there and I’ve got the most to learn, but I think that we’re all learning all the time, even Tony Bellew as an experienced World champion says he’s growing all the time. It shows in our fights and you’re going to see me get better in every fight.”