Jordan Gill has rubbished claims that he had problems in camp ahead of his first career loss against Mario Enrique Tinoco back in May 2019, while he insists that he is feeling confident of victory going into Saturday’s Matchroom Fight Camp bout with Reece Bellotti.

Rumours that Gill had been dropped in sparring while training for his fight with Tinoco and that he had been susceptible to body shots were voiced by former boxer Matthew Macklin earlier this week.

But ahead of his clash with Bellotti on Saturday, in which he is the 2/9 favourite, featherweight boxer Gill says that he has never been dropped in training and that there is no substance to the comments which have surfaced.

“There’s no truth in that,” Gill said. “I’ve not actually seen it so I’m not 100% sure what was said, but I’ve been in the gym with [trainer/manager] Dave [Coldwell] for three years – he’s never seen me touch down, he’s never seen me get hurt in the gym sparring, ever.

“And that’s headshots or bodyshots. So, you know, if I’m lying about this then we’ll see on Saturday night because Reece Bellotti throws plenty of good body shots. I don’t need to prove myself, but I will anyway.”

Gill, 26, from Cambridgeshire, had been on a collision course for a shot at the world featherweight title, winning the Commonwealth and WBA international featherweight titles in a five-month span between 2018 and 2019.

But defeat to Tinoco put a halt to his progress, despite strong claims that Gill went into that fight with an illness, and he’ll be looking to bounce back with an emphatic victory over Bellotti on Saturday night – one that he states would be the biggest of his career.

“Stylistically, this is a great fight, it’s a hard fight and it’s a fight that, because of the preparation and build-up, is a fight where there’s extra elements to it,” Gill said. “All things considered, this probably would be the biggest win of my career and can propel me the furthest that any other fight would have done.”

Gill added: “We’ll be pushing on to big fights after this. It’s a crossroads fight, it’s really important for us both to win. We’re guaranteed big fights after this and there’s plenty of big names in the featherweight division and I’ll be targeting them all.”

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