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Jordan Gill v Zelfa Barrett - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Jordan Gill and Zelfa Barrett as the British super-featherweights get set to contest an exciting 130lb dust-up on Saturday 13th April.

Jordan Gill v Zelfa Barrett

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The last roll of the dice in a boxer’s career can produce spectacular results or an inevitable conclusion which brings the curtain down on a career.

Jordan Gill threw the dice and the entire casino at Michael Conlan in December when most believed the former to be a ‘shot’ fighter, but the underdog ran straight through the Northern Irishman in Belfast, with an offensive style brought on by working at Ben Davison’s gym with Barry Smith in his corner.

What played out was a happy ending after a terrible year for Gill outside the ring.

Momentum and confidence are flowing, but Zelfa Barrett is a fighter with talent and potential still to be unlocked and delivered.

This is exactly the type of fight which British fight fans want to see more often. But who will win?

It’s time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'.
 

Jordan Gill v Zelfa Barrett
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

 

Jordan Gill

Zelfa Barrett

Odds:

6/4

8/15

Age:

29

30

Nickname:    

'The Thrill'

'Brown Flash'

Height:

5ft 7ins

5ft 7ins

Reach:

68ins

68ins

Weight:

Super-featherweight

Super-featherweight

Trainer:

Barry Smith

Pat Barrett

Record:

28-2-1 (9 KOs)

30-2 (16 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (TKO) v Michael Conlan (December 2023)

Won - (UD) v Costin Ion (November 2023)


Jordan Gill
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If you could describe the career of Jordan Gill in one word, then perhaps you would choose resilient.

The former European featherweight champion, alongside his best friend Leigh Wood, have been the miracle men of British boxing in recent years - coming back from near certain defeat to win in stunning fashion.

But there are only so many times you can go to the well before it runs dry!

Having travelled to Belfast and destroyed Michael Conlan’s hopes of ever becoming a world champion, Gill had hoped to face a world super-featherweight champion in his next fight.

Instead, he faces a tricky and unpredictable opponent in Zelfa Barrett who has his own world title aspirations.

Defeat for either is unthinkable, but for Gill there may be no more opportunities should he lose. Heavy losses and multiple knockdowns in the past have to be considered when looking at the long-term for Gill and his wellbeing.

Gill will be thinking otherwise and the performance against Conlan made doubters sit up and take notice, but what version of Conlan did he beat? Let’s not forget he, too, has suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Wood and Luis Alberto Lopez.

There are arguments to pick Gill and not to pick Gill in this fight. What we do know is that father time does eventually put a fighter on his stool and tells him: “That’s enough, son”.

That moment isn’t far away for Gill.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Adaptable

Chin

Resilient

Wear and tear

Comfortable in both stances

Punch resistance

Hooks from either side

Open to big right hands


Zelfa Barrett
In Profile

Zelfa Barrett is now showing the talent at a level many thought he would reach and surpass.

For 19 fights, the Mancunian was unbeaten and showcased his skillset whenever he wanted because he was levels above the competition he faced.

Untested but potentially brilliant, Barrett then ran into a Scottish brick wall in Ronnie Clark who beat the Englishman by majority decision.

Barrett, trained by his fearsome Uncle Pat, has regrouped however, and slowly, but surely, made his way back up the ladder.

Winning the European super-featherweight title in June 2022 was a career high, but five months later he got a shot at typist’s nightmare Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov and his IBF world title.

Barrett showed he belonged and dropped the Tajikistani hard man early on but couldn’t sustain his efforts. The champion turned the screw and put Barrett under enormous pressure which led to a ninth-round stoppage victory for Rakhimov.

On April 13th at the Manchester Arena, Barrett must prove that the performance in Abu Dhabi against Rakhimov was not a one-off.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Lateral movement

Legs starting to go

Whipping shots

Coping under sustained pressure

Footwork

Inconsistent

Combinations

Struggles to control the pace of a fight

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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