Deano's Jibba Jab: A big year for boxing

Published On Monday, January 4, 2016By
  Welcome to the popular weekly column provided by middleweight boxer, Dean Gillen from Nottingham. The firefighter-come-boxer discusses all of the hot topics in the sport of boxing.

A big year for boxing

  Big time boxing is back in 2016!   The last instalment of Jibber Jabber looked back with pride at Britain's 2015 world champions.   With the new year getting off to a wet and windy start, a few people are already counting down the days until next Christmas.   So, I thought I would give us fight fans something to contemplate and look forward to other than bloody Christmas! Haye de Mori 2016 already has some top fights scheduled such as Haye v de Mori, which in itself isn't that appealing, it's more the fact that Britain boasts another heavyweight contender getting back into the mix.   January also offers Garcia v Guerrero and Kovalev v Pascal! Both match-ups will be serious scraps and bouts not to be missed for the impartial fight fan! Terry-flanagan-vs-Derry-Mathews February see's Flanagan defend his WBO world title against against Derry Mathews, which should be a decent domestic dust up, especially with the Liverpool v Manchester derby pride at stake!   February's main attraction, however, has to be the highly-anticipated super-bantamweight showdown – Quigg v Frampton. Every casual boxing fan will adorn their comfy loungewear to sit back and watch this one unfold!   Not that it's anywhere near the level of these guys, but there's a certain ‘Fighting Fireman’ making his return to the ring following his first round stoppage defeat to Indian megastar and former Olympian, Vijender Singh, who, ironically, is also back in action in February. VIJENDER-GILLEN The three-time Olympian is hoping to make it 4-0 as a pro and is doing a great job so far, both in his promising career and in promoting professional boxing in his homeland, India.   Again, I'll be facing a vastly more experienced fighter, who's also unbeaten as a pro! I have to keep ‘stum’ for now as it's not 100 per cent confirmed.   And that reminds me, Felix Sturm faces the unbeaten Fedor Chudinov for the WBA super-middleweight strap.   The 168-pound division has always been one of the most exciting and Sturm will be looking for revenge after losing their first encounter, which will certainly add fuel to the fire! Stephen Smith March see's Stephen Smith Marching on to try his luck at landing the IBF super-feather weight title against the unbeaten champ, Jose Padraza.   Big AJ is back in action in April, but the main attraction that month is Pacman v Bradley for the WBO strap, completing their trilogy.   Again, the two have met twice before with Bradley controversially coming out on top in the first fight and is regarded as one of the modern day boxing’s worst decisions.   Pacquiao avenged the loss on April 12th 2004 in the rematch billed as, ‘Vindication’ taking Desert Storm’s WBO World welterweight title as well as unbeaten record.   All these fights are great, but there's plenty more that can we can dream about. Since Pacman snubbed Khan's advances, I'm hoping Paul Daniels, I mean Eddie Hearn can pull the Brook v Khan fight out of his hat! This one has been building for soooooo long, it just simply must be made!   The prospect of Alvarez facing Golovkin is another mouth-watering tear-up that everyone with a pulse wants to see! Could Canelo prove to be Golokin's kryptonite? There's only one way to find out…FIGHT!!! George-Groves-James-DeGale-rematch One fight I'd like to see is DeGale v Groves II. It’s very interesting the way that their careers have split so differently after that first fight ending with Groves coming out on top. DeGale is currently a history-making world champ and Groves is a three-time failed world title challenger trying hard to revive his career.   I think it's an ideal time for DeGale to clear the slate of the sole loss on his record. While he's enjoying the form of his life sitting on top of the world, Groves is still recovering from being Cobra'd at Wembley in front of 80,000 fans! billy-joe-saunders-wbo-world-title I'm sure the unbeaten WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders will be in some big fights this year following his success against Irishman Andy Lee.   I wouldn't be enthralled about a Eubank Jr. rematch as I think the result would be the same as their first encounter. Although, and I hate to say it as I'm not a fan, but Eubank Jr. did look the business against Spike last month in London.   Maybe my favourite middleweight Billy Joe could face the winner of Golovkin v Canelo? Tyson-Fury-titles I've saved the biggest and best till last, as any fight that includes the new heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury is going to be a show from start to finish.   After dismantling Klitschko with ease, I think the rematch will be similar if not easier for Fury, so this fight doesn't fill me excitement.   I'm looking forward to seeing Fury work his magic against Deontay Wilder. The Bronze Bomber can bang plus he's unpredictable unlike Klitschko which is why Fury found it all too easy.   If they face off, I think the British bulldog in Fury will burst the American dream, but it will be an entertaining spectacle throughout! The 6ft. 9” giant has other options globally including prominent names like Povetkin or Pulev that will always attract a big TV audience and global interest from fight fans.   The British heavyweight scene is becoming interesting again, there's Anthony Joshua, David Haye, Derek Chisora, Hughie Fury, and Dillian Whyte on the British scene which could offer several decent domestic dust ups, and not to forget David Price.   The end of 2016 may see some progress to challenge for world title honours, in the meantime we can sit back and enjoy the journey!   Boxing is back in a big way and 2016 has the promise of being a big year for all weight categories!   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 To follow Dean Gillen on Twitter click here @TeamDeanoPro   For more info on Dean Gillen visit

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