Welcome to the popular weekly column provided by unbeaten middleweight boxer, Dean Gillen (2-0) from Nottingham.
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Big Time Boxing!What do you think about when boxing is mentioned? I imagine most people won't think about the weeks of hard training, the injuries, pressures or sacrifices the fighters battle against. I pretty much guarantee it's all about the BIG nights and BIG fights. The glitz, the glamour, and the likes of the top TV stars such as pound-for-pound king Gennady Golovkin. Watching this middleweight genius fight, simply put, is a spectacle, which is great but in order for him to do his thing, he needs dance partners willing to step up to the mark. GGG literally just destroyed the big-punching Canadian David Lemieux at the weekend to relieve him of his IBF World middleweight strap. The Kazakh now holds the IBF, IBO, WBC interim and WBA Super World titles and is rightfully enjoying oodles of great press and adulation, and well deserved because it was some performance! But what about his opponent? He slips away quietly to take his place in the history books and will be forgotten about for a few months while he regroups and plans his best route back to title contention again. I see things a little different to most. For me, Lemieux is the man! He took the fight even though he didn't have to. GGG is regularly avoided by others. The 26-year-old from Montreal had a world title and could have defended it against much lesser opponents, racked up the wins and made decent money in doing so. The guy is a man after my own heart and wants to fight! He had only won the vacant IBF title by beating number one-ranked Frenchman Hassan N'Dam N'Jikkan in June this year, who boasted 31 wins with 18 KO's. His sole career loss was at the hands of then unbeaten WBO World champion 'Kid Chocolate' Peter Quillen. He was knocked down six times but still managed to hear the final bell to lose on a unanimous decision. A World champion for just a few weeks, he opted to fight the World's most dangerous boxer on the planet for his first title defence! You could argue that his decision may not have made good sense considering that he could have participated in several World title fights against inferior opponents, and stayed the champion for a while, but then again, the risk reward ratio was massive for this fight. His pride may have played a role too, as most boxers are proud men, after all. I hate 'what if's', but if he had won, could you imagine? The world really would have been his oyster and would have sent shockwaves around the world. However, on this occasion that scenario did not materialise, but I respect him regardless. He showed some real kahoonas putting his title on the line and taking on the 'White Mike Tyson'. I've said it before and I'll say it again, like Lemieux, I wouldn't be afraid of stepping up to a challenge. I'm a novice pro and have absolutely nothing to lose, except for the zero on my record - but records are for DJ's, the big fights are for real men. I wouldn't want to fight inferior opponents either, although at this stage of my career I can't call anyone inferior! Any boxer that cherry-picks opponents is nothing more than a coward in my eyes. Just think about the fights that could have been? The big one that springs to mind for me is Mayweather v Pacquiao. I realise these two did make it into the ring finally but I genuinely wish they never bothered. It went from being called the 'Fight of the Century' to 'Better Never Than Late' and the question of who is greater will still go unanswered regardless of Mayweather getting the decision. It was five years too late because 'Money' knew that the Philipino had aged, slowed down, and lost his killer instinct that had seen him crowned an eight-weight World champion. He picked his moment to fight his rival perfectly and the result was a dire, overhyped borefest that that certainly didn't secure his legacy in the same way that Rocky Marciano did when he chose to end his career by fighting the legendary Archie Moore who finished his career with a record-breaking 131 KO's. These two middleweight giants Golovkin and Lemieux both deserve the utmost credit for facing each other in the ring so soon, giving the fans exactly what they wanted. I'm now pumped up to watch Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders on December 19th for the Irishman Lee's WBO World middleweight title. Another 50-50 fight that will get the fight fans salivating! Could the winner of that face GGG afterwards? We can only hope!