Former Commonwealth featherweight champion Reece Bellotti knows he is entering the last chance saloon when he meets rival Jordan Gill on the opening week of Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, on August 1.
Victory and he’s a contender again while defeat would plunge his career into uncertainty. The heavy-handed Bellotti (14-3, 12 KOs) knows exactly what’s at stake in this eagerly anticipated crossroads bout, but feels his heavy hands could provide the key to victory.
“I think a win over Jordan catapults me up to where I was before I took my first loss,” said Bellotti. “He beat Ryan Doyle in good fashion and obviously Doyle beat me. If I beat him it puts me back up to where I want to be, and will help right a few wrongs in my career.
“It’s a massive fight for me to climb back up the ladder and get back into the mix. It’s make or break, 100%. I’ve got to beat people like Jordan if I want to get to where I want to be. I’ve had bumps in the road, but now it’s time to stabilise and move forward.
“I’m pushing 30 now, I’m not a prospect anymore. I’m a father and a husband, I have a new drive and I have to provide. It would be difficult for me to come back from a loss. I have to bite down on my gum-shield, walk him down and break him down. People say he’ll outbox me, but I’ve got the ‘equaliser’.”
Gill vs. Bellotti will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US on August 1.
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