Deano's Jibba Jab - Boxing Nightmares!
Welcome to the popular weekly column provided by unbeaten middleweight boxer, Dean Gillen from Nottingham. The firefighter-come-boxer discusses all of the hot topics in the sport of boxing.
In keeping with the spirit of the Halloween festivities, this week's column is dedicated to Boxing Nightmares! Mwahahaha!!!
Over the years there's been some serious upsets within the boxing world that have turned into nightmares for the boxers concerned.
A recent example is David Price v Tony Thompson. The punching plumber was a hot prospect in the British heavyweight scene with a record of 15-0, having won 13 of them by stoppage before facing the experienced Yank, Thompson.
The prospect Price got sent packing on a Thompson package holiday when they met for the first time. The legendary Lennox Lewis was then drafted in to see if he could fix the plumber's leak in defence. Unfortunately, Thompson became a recurring nightmare for Price, who sent him packing again during their immediate rematch, which many thought was career suicide at the time.
I completely respect the big man for jumping straight back into the saddle. These things happen and that's boxing, as they say. In fairness to Price, it happens to the best of the best, too!
Mike Tyson was in his prime with a mega record of 37-0 when his nightmare struck! According to Tyson, "my style is impetuous, defence impregnable, ferocious, I just want your heart and to eat your children", and then an unlikely 42-1 underdog, Buster Douglas 'foolishly' stepped up to the challenge.
From Columbus, Ohio, with a 29-4-1 record at the time, Buster didn't allow Tyson anywhere near his children, keeping him firmly on the end of his jab and ultimately knocking him out in the 10th round, much to the surprise of the entire world!
Tyson, arguably the most terrifying and destructive heavyweight of all time got busted up by the largely unknown James 'Buster' Douglas, which no one saw coming and is still regarded as arguably the biggest upset in boxing history.
It just shows that anyone can beat anyone on their night! It was such a sure thing that Tyson would win, bookies refused to take bets - a decision I'm sure they're still grinding their teeth over today!
Every boxing upset has one common denominator and that's the rank outsider having the minerals to get in there and go for it! Ultimately, being an underdog, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I plan to the very same next week on November 7th in Dublin when I take on Indian megastar and multiple Commonwealth and Olympic Games medallist, Vijender Singh.
Going into this fight, I've been told that I stand no chance against an athlete that has competed in three Commonwealth and three Olympic Games, defeating current World champion Badou Jack in 2008 in Beijing where he picked up a bronze medal.
I totally respect what he’s done and achieved but ultimately there’ll be two men with gloves on, of equal weight, boxing to the same rule; I’m not kidding myself or anyone else but that is genuinely the way I am looking at - don't bet against me!
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