The landscape of UK boxing has been shifted into a new era as ITV boxing have launched their new Box Office channel, showing their biggest commitment to the sport in 20 years.
It all kicks off on Saturday 4th February with Chris Eubank Jr. heading the bill in his first world-title fight against IBO champion Renold Quinlan.
Despite being criticised by many within the boxing community, this is the start of something huge. Promoted by Poxon Sports, boxing will be hitting a bigger target audience and have better accessibility, meaning ITV could be bringing the world’s biggest fights to our shores.
It is also a great opportunity for upcoming professional boxers to get more exposure to progress their career. Fortunately for Boxing Science, we are supporting two Ingle Gym boxers that are able to take advantage.
Kid Galahad and Jordan Gill will be introduced to the ITV format on Eubank’s undercard on the 4th of February. The lads have been working hard in the gym under Dominic Ingle, and smart in the labs, and are ready to put on a show to a new boxing audience.
The Thrill makes his 2017 bow
Boxing just the once made 2016 a frustrating year for the young featherweight, but now he is preparing for a massive, and potentially career defining opportunity.
Jordan’s stayed in fantastic shape over the past 10 months, making great improvements technically and physically. He’s stronger, more explosive and feeling fitter than ever, and is eager to soothe his itchy knuckles in the ring on Saturday 4th February.
Jordan says “I can’t wait to show the world all the improvements I’ve made since my last fight. I’ve developed massively as an athlete physically and mentally!”
Gill, 22, shouldn’t show any signs of ring rust as he has been sharpening his tools in high quality sparring. As well as trading blows with his Ingle Gym stablemates, Jordan has sparred British bantamweight Ryan Burnett, Super-bantamweight world title challenger Gavin Mcdonnell, and IBF Featherweight World Champion Lee Selby.
“I have gained so much experience from sparring with such high quality boxers, and to get a chance to showcase this on such a huge stage on the Eubank Jr undercard is great. I’m especially excited to be boxing live to the ITV audience, which has huge potential and will just get bigger and better.”
Jordan will be sharing the undercard with his training partner Kid Galahad, someone he has looked up to since visiting the gym as a teenager.
“I’m also pleased to share the undercard with my training partner Kid Galahad, who is destined for greatness. He’s the ultimate professional, and being around such a high class athlete is improving me all the time. Exciting times ahead!”
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Kid Galahad Ready For A New Challenge
Barry Awad, aka Kid Galahad, is set to take on a new challenge in his boxing career by stepping up a weight division and will now be campaigning at Featherweight.
After tasting British, Commonwealth and European success at super-bantamweight, Barry wants to achieve his world title ambition at 126 lbs.
Galahad faces former world champion Joseph Agbeko in an international contest on the packed undercard.
“Unfortunately, the big fights at super-bantamweight have moved on, and I am determined to chase the pack. I am fit, strong and big enough to be compete at the very top-level of the featherweight division, and I am sure I will be even more dangerous at this higher weight class”
Like his gym-mate Jordan, Barry has been taking part in our intense sport science program, as well as sparring with world champion Lee Selby.
His comeback in 2016 saw three comfortable TKO victories at various catchment weights, but now Barry is ready for an assault on the featherweight world-scene and eager to move up the rankings.
“I am currently ranked 14th in the IBF Featherweight rankings, and I am looking to climb up the ladder very fast. My first world title eliminator will be on the Chris Eubank Jr. undercard, and I am looking forward to making an impression on this new audience.”
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Catch Barry and Jordan in action on February 4th.
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