Dean Gillen to return to the ring in September

Published On Friday, July 3, 2015By
Following a successful debut performance in May this year, middleweight Dean Gillen (1-0) has received confirmation of his next fight date booked for September 26th in his home city of Nottingham. The Carl Greaves promoted boxer who recently turned 33-years-old said, “Just had some great birthday news that my next fight will be 26th September somewhere in Nottingham. I have no idea who my opponent will be, all I know is that I’ll be training hard up until then.” He continued, “I'm working hard in the gym so I can box well and avoid going to war this time around.” Gillen defeated a fellow debutant in Sheffield’s 31-year-old Shaun White at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham on May 23rd in a hard fought battle that saw the home fighter win 39-37 on points. Known as ‘Deano’, he engaged the travelling opponent in a war in the middle of the ring for four adrenaline-filled rounds in front of a raucous home crowd. “My debut turned into a real war, I only had limited amateur experience whereas Shaun White had over 60 fights,” said Gillen. “When I got in there, he literally came at me like a bullet, round after round. I was never going to back down but really I should have used my reach advantage, however, I just love a good tear up!” The middleweight is back in training in his Nottingham gym working on improving the imperfections from his pro bow. “I'm working really hard in the gym on my fitness during this training camp. I struggled during my last camp due to a health complaint. At 6ft 1” I'm a tall middleweight and have a good reach advantage over most opponents so I'm working hard in the gym on utilising all of my strengths, reach included.” Prior to the debut, Gillen’s fitness was in question due to smoke inhalation sustained during his profession as a firefighter. He explained, “During my last training camp, I suffered with a health complaint that was related to my lungs. Fitness is a big strength of mine which I rely on and I've only just got back into training following an extended rest which I needed to fully recover. “I had a fitness test today and even though I've had weeks off training, I still scored high. This is encouraging for me as it shows my lungs are back working as they should be. I just need to get back to full fitness so I can go into fights 100% confident, which is important to me.” The middleweight discussed his aspirations for the rest of the year, “Ideally I’d like to have another couple of fights under my belt before Christmas so to get to three or four unbeaten by the end of this year would be great and maybe by the start of next year it might put me in place for a shot at a Masters title. “I’d love to get in a position where I could fight for an Area title but realistically I can’t be fighting like I did in my debut so I’ll be working hard in the gym to improve!”   Team Deano would like to thank his sponsors Jacks of London American Fire Apparel and The Townhouse Bar & Kitchen and PR Manager Tim Rickson To follow Dean Gillen on Twitter click here @TeamDeanoPro For more info on Dean Gillen visit

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