Ring hero Dave ‘Boy’ Green has been invited to watch the new Fen Tiger planning to put Chatteris back on the boxing map. Promoter Robert Waterman hopes Green will be for his show at ringside at the Peterborough Arena on Saturday, September 29 when Jordan Gill aims to make it back-to-back wins.
Gill is from Chatteris, the Cambridgeshire town made famous by ferocious fighting Fenmen Eric Boon and Green.
Boon was just 18 years old when crowned British lightweight champion in 1938 and is remembered for his wildly-exciting title defence against Arthur Danahar.
Forty years later, Green slugged his way to British and European honours and twice challenged for the world title against Carlos Palomino and Sugar Ray Leonard.
“I live over the road from where Dave ‘Boy’ Green grew up,” said Gill, “and a lot of people who used to go on coaches to watch him box are following me now. They can see I’ve got potential. It’s about time Chatteris had another champion . . . ”
Like Boon, Gill is a precocious talent.
Aged just three years old, he joined his father in the gym and after winning national honours as an amateur, he launched his professional career six day after his 18th birthday in July and posted a shut-out points win over Kristian Laight to start his climb up the super-featherweight rankings.
Gill is a flashy, fast-fisted Fenman trained by the Ingles in Sheffield and asked to describe his style he said: “Elusive, flamboyant, crazy, awesome . . “
He’s joined on the Peterborough show by a former amateur clubmate who has a more non-nonsense approach to boxing.
Joe Payne also boxed for Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club and is known as ‘The Grenade’ for his explosive scrapping.
“I’ve always got on really well with Jordan,” said the 26 year-old welterweight from Beccles, “and I’m sure he will do well. He’s got the slippery Ingles’ style, but ever since he was a kid he’s never been afraid to have a row.”
Tickets for the show are available from 07960-670131 and 01354-695211. Further updates are on http://www.jordangill.com/.