RESULTS: Jordan Gill Shines In Peterborough

Jordan Gill produced another stunning display to win the WBA International Featherweight title against Emmanuel Dominguez at the East of England Arena.

‘The Thrill’ made short work of his Mexican opponent, dropping and stopping him in the third round in front of an electric crowd in Peterborough.

The 24-year-old looked unstoppable from the opening bell, switching his well-time hooks from head to body, and then slipping out of range with his classy footwork.

Victory earned a WBA top 15 spot for Gill, who voiced his desire for another step-up in class, targeting a fight with former World Champion Kiko Martinez for the European belt.

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“I really enjoyed it,” said Gill. “I know that if I hit someone with these gloves I’ll put them away. I turned pro at 18 and I’m 24 now so I’m coming into my prime.

“I’m looking to build, I want to be busy this year, at least two more fights. I want Kiko Martinez for the European title.”

Dillian Whyte’s Cruiserweight charge Richard Riakporhe made a successful first defence oh his WBA Inter-Continental title, stopping Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy with a barrage of huge shots in the fourth round.

Elsewhere on the card, Nottingham’s Leigh Wood claimed the Commonwealth Featherweight title by halting Ghanaian Abraham Osei Bonsu in two rounds.

Anthony Sims Jr remained unbeaten as he stopped Argentina’s Mateo Damian Veron in six rounds in his second appearance in the UK.

Rising Super-Middleweight talent John Docherty made it four knockouts in a row as he took out Yailton Neves in two rounds, Qais Ashfaq moved to 5-0 with a hard-fought 60-54 points win over the experienced Fadhili Majiha and popular Cambridgeshire man Joe Steed outpointed Miguel Aguilar over four rounds.

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Kazakh Lightweight Sultan Zaurbek, Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway and St Ives Super-Lightweight Bradley Smith all recorded wins.

Ball Feels Like A Winner Despite First Career Loss

Walsall boxer Rachel Ball insists she has plenty of positives to take from her first professional boxing defeat.

The Aldridge pugilist stepped up to lightweight to challenge former European and WBC International Champion Katharina Thanderz (10-0, 2 KOs) in Norway on Saturday.

Despite Thanderz stepping in heavy on the scales, the fight went ahead in Arendel and Ball pushed the 30 year-old Norwegian all the way over eight pulsating rounds. Sadly for the 27 year-old Midlands, Thanderz was awarded a majority decision victory as judges Andrew Hook, Arne Ernstsen and Marita Waeroey scored the contest 78-74, 76-76 and 79-73 respectively.

“To be honest I’m really proud of my performance,” Ball explained. “On Saturday night I was awesome and no score cards will make me feel any differently. I stepped up over half a stone heavier than I usually fight at and my opponent was overweight at weigh in, she was drained and I knew she’d be putting the pounds on to refuel.

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This was my first time wearing 8oz gloves, my first 8 round fight, my first pro fight away from home and my first time on a big television show and I held my own every round.
“I thought I out worked her and I used my movement as I was fitter. I’ve only had good feedback – people have said they thought I should have won or should have been a draw – I can’t change that now but in many ways, I feel like a winner.