Jordan Gill Gets His European Title At Last Guerfi, Elliot Worsell Books
It is fair to say that Karim El Qarfi’s fortunes have been mixed so far every time he has fought in Great Britain. He’s been a visitor to these beaches on three occasions, and is currently standing at 1-2, with Ryan Farage’s stunning third-round exit in 2016 overshadowed by stop-loss losses to Russian Zhanat Zakyanov and Scotsman Lee McGregor, who stunned the Frenchman in the final round. general. Up and down, in line with the rest of his career, Gervey, 30-5 (9), returned to the UK on February 27 when he met, as the European featherweight champion, forced contender Jordan Gill, 26-1 (7).
“I’ve been mandatory since June, so I knew it was coming,” Jill said. boxing news. “The hero before Gervey was [Andoni] Gago and I were also compulsive, but they obviously slipped voluntarily so I had to wait longer. He’s here at last.”
Adding to this wait was the postponement of the pair’s original date of December 11th. It never materialized due to Gervey’s illness, and then, to further delay the fight, Jill suffered a cut in a three-round technical draw against Alan Castillo, Gervey’s alternate opponent, on that December 11th date.
Now that he’s had plenty of time to get ready, Jill, 27, knows all there is to know about his next opponent. He knows that Guerfi, 34, has been a professional since 2006 and has had a steady presence at the European title level since 2013, when he beat Belgium’s Stephan Jamoy in Belgium to lift the EBU bantamweight crown. He will witness varying degrees of Gervey’s success on British soil and realize that Gervey’s quick loss to McGregor in 2021 was followed by an impressive 12-round decision on Gago in Spain, Gago’s hometown, just five months later.
“I remember watching him against Zhanat Zhakiyanov in Sheffield and he performed very well in that fight [before being stopped in the fifth round]Gil said. “Zakyanov was a very good fighter and a world champion. But Gervey also has a very good career. He is a four-time European champion and has a way to follow a loss with a big win. He is now at featherweight and looks a lot better there. He looks stronger and more flexible. He made bantamweight for a while Long and that showed up in his shows. I’m expecting the best version of Guerfi at night.”
In terms of what Guerfi does well, it’s sometimes hard to say anything specific. Much of its charm comes from its ability to turn around and disrupt the rhythm and flow of those anticipating a straight night. He is, it seems, a hero who is easy to overlook and underestimate, but he is as capable of winning the battles he’s supposed to lose as he is able to lose the battles he’s meant to win.
“He’s a good boxer, he’s a good engine, and he’s got the power,” Jill assessed. “I’m not sure how much power he has at featherweight but I still have to respect it. His movement and boxing IQ are probably the thing to watch out for. You should always expect him to fire back after the shots are thrown.
“But I feel like I’m doing everything better than him. He’s a good boxer, but I haven’t shown the level of boxing I can produce yet. I’m still young in my career and I still have the big nights ahead. I’m looking forward to outsmarting him, beating him, and being stronger on the inside.” , to be smarter, to have an answer to all that he does and to cancel it.”
If Jill makes his way with Guerfi on February 27, as planned, he will become the latest British nine-stone fighter to earn European honors at featherweight. Already on this list are: Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, Howard Winston, Pat Cadell, Jim McDonnell, Paul Hodgkinson, Billy Hardy, Paul Engel, Steve Robinson, Nikki Cook, Lee Selby, and Josh Warrington. In other words, win the next month and Jordan “The Thrill” Jill finds himself in respectable company.
“It’s a huge fight,” he said. “The European title is really prestigious and a good win will prove to myself and everyone that I belong at this level and I can go even further. It is a great opportunity for me to show that and I will take it with both hands. You see the fighters who have won the European featherweight title in the past and they are quality fighters. They keep fighting for world titles. I want to be in that group too.”