Dean Gillen looking to work on defence after all out war

Published On Tuesday, June 2, 2015By
Dean Gillen has vowed to work on his defence after admitting his first professional fight turned into an all out "war". The boxing firefighter from Arnold made his debut last weekend and won the verdict in a tough fight with Shaun White. The 32-year-old middleweight said he was pleased with the win but maintained he still had plenty to work on. "The fight turned into a complete war and that is no understatement," said Gillen. "Both boxers gave it their all and left nothing in the ring. "I woke up in Australia the following morning because I had to dig so deep. It was a close fight and Shaun White has my complete respect; what a warrior. I landed some big shots as did he but we couldn't put each other down. "I'm healthy and I got the win so I'm happy. I will be back in the gym soon working on my defence." Prior to his debut, the Nottingham firefighter won gold in The World Police and Fire Games in 2013 by knocking out all of his opponents. The sporting occasion is a biennial athletic event attracting 10,000 applicants, just slightly fewer than the Olympic Games. But now Gillen is looking to make it as a professional and said he owed gratitude to his previous coach Jawaid Khaliq and his promoter Carl Greaves. "I would like to thank my previous coach, Jawaid Khaliq for helping me to get to where I am today," said Gillen. "Also a big thanks to my manager and promoter, Carl Greaves who believed in me and gave me the opportunity." TR Shield Logo