Cornwall boxer Ian Gill falls in the Golden Gloves final

LOWELL, Mass. — Cornwall resident and University of Vermont senior Ian Gill came up one match short in his quest to become an amateur New England boxing champion.
On Feb. 21 in the storied Lowell Auditorium, Connecticut fighter Anthony Ferraiolo won a 5-0 decision over Gill in the 174-pound Novice Division New England Championship Final.
Gill reached Lowell by winning what were just the first two fights of his career in the Northern New England Regional in January in New Hampshire. He said Ferraiolo entered the final with a 6-1 record.
That experience in the novice division, which imposes a limit of 10 amateur fights, made a difference, Gill said.
“(It) was a close fight. I didn’t get beat up in the slightest. He just threw more punches and did just enough to get the judges’ votes,” Gill said in an email. “(He) had experience on his side.”
Gill ended up not having to fight in a scheduled Feb. 14 semifinal — his opponent couldn’t get down to the 174-pound weight. In the earlier regional fights in January he won by a technical knockout when the referee stopped the fight, and then by a 5-0 decision in the final.
Gill had trained since last summer with among others, his father, Brian Gill, who founded the Cornwall Boxing Club about 30 years ago. Brian Gill also served as his corner man for his fights.
Ian Gill noted he was the only Vermonter on the championship fight card at a venue where boxers like Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard have fought.
“(I’m) proud to be the only Cornwall boxing fighter to go to Lowell,” he said. “It was awesome that I got to fight in the same house as some of the all-time greats.”
Gill is happy he worked hard to get into shape and hone his skills for what is almost certainly his entire boxing career, one he had always wondered about since watching club boxers as a youth.
“I’ll look at it as Ws are for winning and Ls are for learning, and I learned a lot about myself over the last few months,” Gill said. “I won’t have to look back with regret my whole life that I never boxed for my dad in the Cornwall Boxing Club, even though losing always has a sting to it.”

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