Michael Conlan vs Jordan Gill Preview December 2nd, 2023
Jordan Gill of Huntingdon, England travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland to take on hometown hero Michel Conlan this Saturday, December 2nd. The 12-round super featherweight tilt can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Conlan last fought in May when he was stopped by IBF Featherweight Champion Luis Alberto Lopez in the fifth round. Gill was last in action in October of last year when he was halted in the fourth round by Kiko Martinez in a shot at the European Featherweight Belt.
Conlan vs Gill Betting Odds
- Jordan Gill +450
- Michael Conlan -700
The 32-year-old Conlan carries around a record of 17-2 with 9 Ko’s. He enjoyed a fine amateur career as he participated in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and was a quarter finalist at the 2011 European Championships and 2011 World Amateur Championships. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, a silver medal at the 2013 European Championships and reached the final eight of the 2013 World Amateur Championships.
He then won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and both the 2015 European Championships and World Amateur Championships before participating in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Conlan also fought in the World Series of Boxing from 2012 to 2015. As an amateur, Conlan lost to Andrew Selby three times as well as to Jason Moloney, Robeisy Ramirez and Vladimir Nikitin (twice) and beat the likes of Khalid Yafai, Nordine Oubaali (twice), Jose Diaz and Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
Conlan turned pro back in 2017 and has 143 rounds of experience since. He stands 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 69-inch reach and has average power as 50 per cent of his wins have come by stoppage but six of his past nine victories have gone the distance. Since turning pro he’s captured the vacant WBO Inter-Continental, and vacant WBA Inter-Continental Featherweight Titles, the WBA Interim World Featherweight Crown as well as the WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Crown.
Conlan has fine boxing skills and can also switch to southpaw at times and be just as effective. He was ahead on all three scorecards when he was stopped dramatically and brutally by Leigh Wood for the WBA Featherweight Belt in March, 2022 for his first career loss in a slugfest. His biggest wins have been against Miguel Marriaga, TJ Doheny, Ionut Baluta, Sofiane Takoucht, Kenny Guzman, David Berna, Jason Cunningham, Ruben Garcia and Diego Alberto Ruiz and he also avenged his controversial amateur defeats to Nikitin.
The 29-year-old Gill enters the contest with an impressive record of 27-2-1 with 8 Ko’s. Yes, that’s just eight stoppages which means he may not appear to be too much of a threat to Conlan when it comes to power as his current knockout ratio stands at just 29.6 per cent. Gill has boxed 152 rounds since making his pro debut in 2012 and stands 5-feet-7-inches tall with an unlisted reach, meaning he gives up an inch in height to Conlan.
Gill’s first defeat came at the hands of Mario Enrique Tinoco when he was stopped after eight rounds in 2019. He lost his WBA International Featherweight Title in that fight after stopping Emmanuel Dominguez in the third round in his previous outing to win the belt. Since turning pro he’s also captured the Commonwealth Featherweight Title and regained the vacant WBA International Featherweight Title last year with a 10-round unanimous decision over Cesar Juarez. The lone draw on Gill’s record was a three-round technical affair against Alan Castillo in December, 2021.
Just 13 of Gill’s 30 opponents have entered the ring with winning records but his power shouldn’t be underrated as he’s dropped several opponents without stopping them. However, he’s also been decked himself a few times along the way. Gill has also earned wins over Jason Cunningham and Reece Bellotti as a pro.
Conlan’s amateur success hasn’t followed him to the pros as he’s been stopped in both of his world title shots. His boxing skills are fine but his ability to take a punch may be his problem. Thankfully for Conlan he is facing a bit of a light hitter in Gill even though he’s trying his hand at 130 lbs and should be able to come out with a win. If he’s stopped by Gill however he can probably say goodbye to his chances of another title shot. I’m expecting Conlan to bounce back with a victory over Gill this weekend to remain in the mix in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions. And once again, Conlan has a bit of an advantage by fighting at home for the fourth straight time.
Conlan needs to be the aggressor and let his hands go.
Play: Conlan -700 @ BetOnline.ag
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