Jordan Gill says a showdown with Isaac Lowe would be relatively straightforward to make and admits he is also open to facing Mauricio Lara, providing he overcomes Cesar Juarez on Saturday night.
Gill (25-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since beating Reece Bellotti in the first Matchroom Fight Camp in August, when he meets former world title challenger, Juarez (25-9, 19 KOs) for the WBA International Featherweight title on the undercard of David Avanesyan’s European Welterweight title defence against Josh Kelly at the SSE Arena.
Juarez’s compatriot, Lara stunned former IBF champion, Josh Warrington at the same venue last Saturday and whilst his full focus is on avoiding a similar fate, the 26-year-old admits he would have no issue with facing Lara, whilst he believes a clash with Lowe could land on the proposed undisputed Heavyweight title showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, set to take place in the spring.
“I think it [a win] elevates me to another level,” Gill said on a media Zoom conference call on Tuesday.
“I think on paper, in reality this is the best guy that I’ve boxed. This is for the WBA International title, so it gives me a good ranking with one of the governing bodies and I think that opens doors up.
“There’s a lot of good featherweights, a lot of brilliant names in the division and having a title and being well ranked will be beneficial for my career and put me in the mix.
“I’m not looking past Cesar Juarez, I understand the level of threat he poses to me.
“When I win on Saturday, I will be doing a few name drops in the ring, when I get interviewed, so whatever comes up I want the big fights.
“I understand that Gavin McDonnell is fighting for the European title, see what happens with that, I understand they’re in talks with Joshua and Fury to fight and Isaac Lowe always fights on the undercard [of Fury bouts], so that’s an easy fight to make, if he fancies fighting anybody with a pulse this time.
“If Eddie has options with Lara and Warrington don’t fancy the rematch, then I’m here, I’m ready.”
Gill has one blemish on his record to another Mexican in Mario Enrique Tinoco, who he fell to a shock eighth round stoppage defeat to in 2019 and in turn lost his WBA International crown.
‘The Thrill’ was diagnosed with Thyroid disease following his comeback win over Yesner Talavera and after bouncing back with victory over Bellotti, the Chatteris man says he can regain the position he would have been in had he beaten Tinoco, with a win over Juarez, who was beaten by Nonito Donaire in a challenge for the vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title in 2015.
“Beating this guy Cesar Juarez, it gets me that title back, it gets me that ranking back, it puts me in that same position to push on for these big fights and I’m pleased because Cesar Juarez is another level to Tinoco,” Gill added.
“I stated from that fight from the off, I wanted the rematch, I wanted to prove myself and what went on, but for one reason or another it never happened.
“Now I have an opportunity to fight another Mexican, a better Mexican, somebody that’s from the same team as Tinoco, who’s boxed at a higher level for the same belt, so I’ll be in a better position than if I had beaten Tinoco that night.”
Watch the full interview with Jordan Gill below: