Josh “Gentleman” Hill Continues His Seamless Transition From the Ice to the Cage
Written by: Dwight Wakabayashi
Photo by: Randi Lotsberg
Video Produced by: David Charles & Randi Lotsberg
There are beings on this earth who are blessed with natural looks and talent and Stoney Creek Ontario athlete Josh Hill is one of those beings. Like many kids growing up in the hockey hotbed of Southern Ontario, Hill started his athletic journey on the ice at the early age of two or three-years old. It was in the cold, damp rink and the tough, aggressive sport where he developed an incredible physical work ethic and a fierce will to win. Hill used his natural ability, physique and competitveness to land a walk on spot on his local Junior hockey club where he completed a three year junior career.
When his time on the ice was over in 2008, Hill dedicated himself full-time to his mixed martial arts training at Iron Tiger Muay Thai in Caledonia and Pura BJJ in Hamilton. Hill trianed and worked with many experienced mixed martial artists who were quickly floored by his power and natural ability. In late 2009 Hill proved just how much of a natural talent he is as he stepped into a fight on 2-weeks notice, with no amateur experience and made his pro MMA debut with W1 on The Score. hill scored a second round TKO victory and has not stopped since.
The 25-year old phenom is currently undefeated at 7-0 including his 2009 debut and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Federico Lopez under the Global Warriors FC card in Hamilton in August of last year. Hill is a beast at 135-pounds and trains with larger, high level fighters on a regular basis. Hill is a powerful and explosive fighter who has the ability to dictate the fight to his liking and capitalize on any mistake his opponent makes.
Next up for the rising star is a fight with Eric Wilson on The Score Fighting Series
on March 16th in Hamilton. Hill will be in very familiar territory at home in Hamilton and under the lights of The Score promotion as five of his seven fights have had major national exposure. Hill faces submission and leg lock wizard Eric Wilson of Saskatoon, who is coming off a tough submisson loss to top Canadian bantamweight John Fraser last May.
The Score Fighting Series (SFS) is returning to Hamilton, Ontario for another night of incredible MMA action on Friday, March 16th at the Hamilton Place Theatre.
Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at the Copps Coliseum Box Office and at Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets are also available from local fighters on the card and at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first fight at 7:30pm.