Deano's Jibba Jab: The Sweet Science

Published On Sunday, February 14, 2016By
Welcome to the popular weekly column provided by active professional boxer, Dean Gillen from Nottingham. The 'Fighting Fireman' discusses all of the hot topics in the sport of boxing.

The Sweet Science

Boxing is known as the sweet science, I'm pretty sure regular readers and fight fans will agree with that sentiment.     However, not everyone shares this view, many people often say that boxing is just legalised brutality.     Unfortunately, these non-boxing fans are blinded by the barbaric side of the sport, which happens to be one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 688BC when it was accepted as an Olympic sport by the ancient Greeks.     Anyone who's had the courage to step foot between the ropes or even follows boxing knows there's more to it than just swinging away, hoping to land an eye-catching, fight-finishing blow. The sweet science requires heart, ultimate fitness, timing and tactics, twinned with an artistic athleticism.     With these traits on display, boxing becomes more like a game of chess when viewed without prejudice. When you see a fighter like Mohammed Ali majestically moving around the ring, floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, all at a weight of over 200lbs, you can't deny the skill or show appreciation to the sweet science.     Boxing requires disciplined dedication on the highest level and as it's a weight-governed sport so this control transfers to the diet and nutrition, too. The commitment required is clearly evident in the figures as there are fewer than a thousand active professional boxers operating within the UK. To put it in perspective, there are over 4000 professional football players, and many more thousands of semi-pro.     If boxing really is just barbaric brawling like some wrongly assume, surely there would be more signing up to the sport! The truth is, it's not that easy which is exactly why the numbers remain so low. Many coaches' motto's are, "If it was that easy then everyone would be doing it."     I've seen many come and go from boxing and I respect them all. They didn't judge in disagreement from a distance, they gave it a go and gained an appreciation for fighters with a knowing admiration and understanding.     Boxing is the hardest sport in the world and it deserves respect, and it will always have its critics; as the saying goes, "it's not for everyone!"       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