The Fighting Fireman meets the Punching Policeman this Saturday 7th
November in Dublin, live on BoxNation TV.
Nottingham’s unbeaten Dean Gillen (2-0) goes up against India’s middleweight boxing sensation, Vijender Singh (1-0) at the National Stadium in Ireland’s capital city on a packed show promoted by Queensberry Promotions in association with MGM Promotions.
It will be Fire v Police once again with Gillen, 33-years-old, a long-serving member of the Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service and Singh, 30-years-old, a Deputy Superintendent of Police in his native Haryana.
The Frank Warren-signed megastar from Bhiwani has competed in three Olympic and Commonwealth Games, collecting a host of bronze and silver medals, in what was a lengthy and highly-decorated amateur career.
Trained by Andrew Lowe and signed to Carl Greaves Promotions, Deano’s only background in boxing comes from participating in the 2013 World Police and Firefighter Games in Belfast, knocking out all three opponents on the way to winning gold.
BBN caught up with the underdog ahead of his biggest fight in six short months as a pro.
BBN: How have preparations gone for this fight?
DG: “Obviously it’s been short notice so bit different to what I’m used to but going on the road I was prepared for that, I always keep in good shape anyway.
I’ve seen a little bit of him, we know what our gameplan is anyway, he knows I’ve got a reach advantage but he’s got his plans to counter that, I saw him talking in an interview about it.
It’s alright knowing each other’s plans but it’s whoever can execute it on the night.”
BBN: As you just mentioned, you have a height and reach advantage over Singh, will you look to use these advantages?
DG: “Yeah definitely, I have got a good ramrod jab and a reach advantage so should be using it and it’s something I‘ve been working on.
Andrew Lowe is in my corner and we say, ‘hashtag listen to Lowe!’ Literally, every time I do what he says, it works. When I don’t listen then I pay the price.”
BBN: How does it feel to be going into the fight as such a big underdog?
DG: “I’ve seen the odds, he was 100-1 on, I think. I generally just feel quite relaxed about it, I’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.
All the pressure is on him, it’s like Notts County facing Man United!”
BBN: Talking about football, has your club, Nottingham Forest, got behind you in support?
DG: “I was actually in the match day programme a couple of weeks ago, it’s so nice to have that support.
I hope I get some support on the night as I found out that my mum’s side of the family came over from Ireland before my mum was born when my grandmother was young and apparently their family name of Corrway is a popular name around the Dublin area.
Whenever I have visited Ireland in the past, I’ve always had this innate sense of coming home and that’s where it comes from.”
BBN: Win, lose or draw – what will this fight do for your career?
DG: “I think it depends on how you lose, if you put on a good fight then it’ll be good for me because I’m not expected to win, and if I do win then it will really elevate my career.
For me, it’s about being able to look back in 20 years and tell my grandchildren that I shared the ring with an Olympian and that’s what it’s about for me, to look back and say what I’ve done.
I know he’s beaten a world champion already [Singh defeated current WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack on his way to winning a Bronze medal in Beijing 2008 Olympics] but it was a different time and I’m sure lots can say that in the amateurs.
There’s a million and one ways you can beat me in a fight, I just need to focus on what to do to beat him. I genuinely believe I can win this fight but I need to deliver on the night.”
BBN: How is your record against the police?
DG: “I won the World Police and Firefighter Games in 2013 and there were tough guys from Canada and Denmark and all different places. They were all tough men and I knocked them all out! Ironically, that was in Ireland, in Belfast so I’m unbeaten on Irish soil!
Patrice Cote was a policeman and was actually tipped to be the winner of the games before it started, the commentary was saying he was going to pick me off and win easily but in the second round I knocked him out and won the gold; I was the underdog then so I relish it.
I’d like to thank everyone for the support. I know I’m up against it but my inspiration was to go out and give it a go! The only failure is failing to try.”
SECOND COMING – THE NATIONAL STADIUM, DUBLIN
Saturday, 7th November 2015
Promoted by Queensberry Promotions in association with MGM Promotions, Jamie Cox (19-0) headlines the in the main event in a maiden title defence of his newly-attained WBO European super-middleweight strap against 22-year-old Ferenc Albert (20-7).
Irish hero Jamie ‘The Mexican’ Conlan (14-0) defends his WBO Intercontinental super-flyweight title over 10 three-minute rounds against Argentinian national title challenger, Adrian Dimas Garzon (10-18).
Popular Irish fighter Jamie ‘The Nuisance’ Kavanagh (19-1-1), 25-years-old, enters into a lightweight contest against Romanian-born, Hungarian-based, Oszkar Fiko (14-12).
The ‘Connemara Kid’ Peter McDonagh (24-28-1) is aiming to become a three-weight Irish champion, taking on Dean Byrne (17-5-2) for the Irish welterweight title.
35-year-old cruiserweight, Ian Tims (10-3) opposes Michael Sweeney (12-3-1), 32-years-old, for the Celtic Warrior cruiserweight title.
The pair have history, ‘Timsey’ secured the Irish cruiserweight title with a narrow points victory over ‘The Storm’ at the City West Hotel in Dublin back in March 2011.
MGM’s protégé, Declan Geraghty (9-1) vies for the Celtic Warrior super-featherweight title.
Unbeaten talents David Maguire (4-0), Ciaran Mullen (1-0), Sean Turner (6-0), Ciaran McVarnock (4-0-1) and Issac Macleod (4-0) are all in action.
The Channel of Champions, BoxNation, will televise both shows live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415. Subscribe at www.boxnation.com
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Team Deano would like to thank his sponsors Jacks of London
and American Fire Apparel
and The Townhouse Bar & Kitchen
and PR Manager Tim Rickson
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