What made you want to start boxing?
“Boxing is an ultimate sport that pushes you to your limits in every way, I really like the challenge.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“Growing up, I loved Frank Bruno, he was a man mountain and all round nice guy. But being from Nottingham I have followed and supported Carl Froch from the start. Above all, I like his heart and will to win.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I started out kick-boxing when I was 18, I had my first fight at 21 and I got my butt kicked, literally! Punching was my main strength so I naturally progressed to boxing. I trained at Jav Khaliq's Boxing Academy in Nottingham.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I didn't have many amateur bouts, however, in 2013 I won Gold in the Amateur Boxing event during World Police and Firefighter Games held in Belfast. The boxing event was held at the iconic Ulster Hall, this spurred me on to go for my professional licence.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“Amateur style didn't really suit me, and I've always wanted to become a professional in a sport, and boxing is what I do best. Although I consider myself a jack of all trades and master of none, having competed in numerous different sports including in triathlons, ultra-marathons and I have even been a semi-professional poker player.”
What team do you have around you?
“I was fortunate to be signed by Carl Greaves, as there's a great team around me at Carl Greaves Promotions. I get to train and spar with quality guys that have been there and done it!
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I have a no-nonsense style, I may not be the slickest but I get the job done! I can box when required, but I always come to fight!”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“Carl Greaves has some top boxers and prospects who have gained titles, they will go on to achieve great things I'm sure. This has really encouraged me and I would like to push on and achieve some success myself, but I will take it one fight at a time!”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My debut is set for 23rd May in Nottingham. As a full time Firefighter, my fellow Firefighters will be there showing their support, and no doubt taking the mick a bit too! All in good humour!”
Any message for the fans?
“I am genuinely grateful for any support given and will endeavour to give back wherever possible. For example, I am keen to get into schools to promote sport along with overall health and fitness.
In order to do this I really need your support, so please jump on the Team Deano fun bus, it's leaving the station on Saturday 23rd May in Nottingham and it's definitely going to be a fun and exciting ride!”
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07909 045477 or Facebook Page is Dean Gillen
ake a visit to Carl Froch country to meet with debutant Dean Gillen.
The Nottingham based middleweight makes his pro bow on May 23rd in his hometown against another debutant in Shaun White.
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