Featherweight prospect Jordan Gill will return to action on Friday, May 10 in Nottingham, headlining a card that will air on DAZN in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, part of the JD NXTGEN series.
Gill (23-0, 7 KO) just fought on March 2 in Peterborough, beating Emmanuel Dominguez via third round TKO. The 24-year-old is looking forward to the quick turnaround and staying busy.
“Getting out again so soon after my win in Peterborough is great for building the momentum,” said Gill. “I want to stay fresh in everyone’s minds and to keep on building and learning is important. To keep on winning and improving is the main aim and I can’t wait to get out again on May 10.”
Gill will be facing Enrique Tinoco (17-5-4, 12 KO), a Mexican fight who will be 29 when he steps into the ring with Gill, and has floated between 126 and 135 for much of his pro career. He faced unbeaten lightweight prospect Devin Haney in 2017, and went the eight-round distance.
“I don’t know too much about my opponent,” Gill admitted. “I know he’s tough and very seasoned, he went the distance with Devin Haney who’s an unbeaten and well-ranked lightweight. He’s considered one of the best up-and-coming lightweight prospects in world boxing and if he couldn’t put Tinoco away then I know I’m in for a hard night.”
In all reality, Tinoco looks like a fairly simple next step for Gill in his career, but that’s for people like me to say; Gill will be the one who has to actually fight Tinoco.
Also on the card, Leigh Wood (21-1, 11 KO) will make his own quick return to the ring, facing Ryan Doyle (17-3-1, 9 KO) for Wood’s Commonwealth featherweight title. Wood also fought on the March 2 bill in Peterborough, smashing Abraham Osei Bonsu in two rounds.
It will also be a homecoming for the 30-year-old Wood.
“It feels surreal to be topping such a big show in my home city with Jordan,” said Wood. “I’ve been banging on for a while now about bringing big time boxing back to Nottingham. It’s been seven years since Carl Froch last boxed here so it’s been a long time coming. Being the main flagbearer for boxing in my city is a big honor.”
Doyle hasn’t fought since last October, when he was stopped in seven by Jordan Gill, in fact, but he had scored a nice win over Reece Bellotti to win the Commonwealth title in the fight before that, in June 2018.
Middleweight Felix Cash (11-0, 7 KO) will also be in action, and junior welterweight Dalton Smith and super featherweight Charles Frankham will make their pro debuts on the show. American prospect Raymond Ford (1-0, 0 KO) will make his UK debut; the 20-year-old featherweight won his pro debut on March 15 in Philadelphia, on the Farmer-Carroll undercard.