Jordan Gill (23-0, 7 KO’s) returns to action on Friday night as he defends his WBA international featherweight strap against the unheralded but durable Mexican Enrique Tinoco (17-5-4, 12 KO’s) at the Nottingham Arena.
Gill looked positively frightening last time out in delivering a punch-perfect performance against Emmanuel Dominiguez, repeatedly nailing his Mexican counterpart with accurate, spiteful combinations before applying the coup-de-grace in the third round.
In doing so, Huntingdon-born, Chatteris-based Gill displayed a distinct mean streak alongside underrated punching power, coupled with his ability to perform under pressure in front of vociferous local support in Peterborough.
Trainer Dave Coldwell is supremely confident that Gill is a world champion in the making, and ‘The Thrill’ once again will be looking vindicate his trainer’s faith and showcase his skills in front of a live audience on Sky Sports.
Gill’s stablemate and friend Leigh Wood (21-1, 11 KO’s) will face Ryan Doyle (17-3-1, 9 KO’s) in the maiden defence of his Commonwealth featherweight championship, someone who upset Reece Bellotti for the same belt before being defeated himself by Gill last year.
Wood ruthlessly and clinically dispatched of Ghana’s Abraham Osei-Bonsu for the vacant belt in March, and now has the opportunity to dazzle in front of a home crowd.
Heavyweight hopeful Fabio Wardley (6-0, 5 KO’s), who is managed by Dillian Whyte, also features, in addition to the professional debut of former amateur prodigy Dalton Smith.
Former super-featherweight world title challenger Stephen Smith (25-4, 15 KO’s) also makes his return to the ring, after his bloody loss to Francisco Vargas in 2017.
While cruiserweight hopeful Chris Billam-Smith (8-0, 7 KO’s) also features in a tune-up bout before a mouthwatering showdown with hard-hitting, similarly undefeated rival Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KO’s) at the 02 Arena in July.