India’s middleweight boxing sensation, Vijender Singh’s (1-0) second pro fight against unbeaten Dean Gillen (2-0) has been switched from the Harrow Leisure Centre on Friday 30th
October to the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 7th
Opposing the Frank Warren-signed megastar is Firefighter Gillen from Nottingham, signed to Carl Greaves Promotions.
‘Deano’, also known as the ‘Fighting Fireman’, said of the adjustment, “I see it as a positive thing because it gives me an extra week to be even more prepared.”
The Harrow show on the eve of Halloween will still go ahead but is now headlined by undefeated Bushey ace, Miles Shinkwin (11-0) in a ten-round International contest against Daniel Bilisanszki (8-1-1), following the withdrawal of Tom Baker (12-0) due to a viral infection from his challenge for the vacant Southern Area light-heavyweight contest against Jack Morris (14-2-1) in the chief supporting bout.
WBO European super-middleweight champion, Jamie Cox (19-0) has also been switched from the show, making the first defence of his title against Hungarian Ferenc Albert (20-7).
It will be Fire v Police once again with Singh, 30-years-old, a Deputy Superintendent of Police in his native Haryana and Gillen, 33-years-old, a long-serving member of the Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service.
Outside of their connection in serving the public, the pair due to lock horns could not be any further apart.
Singh has competed in three Olympic Games as well as the same number of Commonwealth Games, collecting a host of bronze and silver medals, in what was a length, highly-decorated amateur career.
Trained by Andrew Lowe, Gillen’s only background in boxing comes from taking part in the 2013 World Police and Firefighter Games in Belfast, knocking out all three opponents on the way to winning gold.
Unknown to most, the occasion is a biennial athletic event attracting 10,000 applicants, only slightly fewer than the Olympic Games.
‘Deano’ made his pro bow in May this year with a points win over fellow debutant Shaun White and followed that up in September with another points triumph over Lewis Van Poetsch (4-26) – both bouts scored at 39-37 to the Nottinghamshire man.
Despite being the underdog, Gillen does have a height and reach advantage over Singh, being 6ft 1” to the Bihwani boxer’s 6ft and possessing a longer 74” reach to his 72”.
In his native country, Singh is a national treasure and his debut on October 10th
in Manchester Arena was televised live in India on Sony Six with an estimated 20 million viewers tuning in – arguably the largest ever audience for a boxer’s professional debut.
Singh kicked off his pro career that night with a third round stoppage of Sonny Whiting (2-2) and will now be looking to ruin the record of his first unbeaten pro fighter.
Promoted by Queensberry Promotions in association with MGM Promotions, Jamie Cox (19-0) headlines the in the main event in a maiden title defence of his newly-attained WBO European super-middleweight strap against 22-year-old Ferenc Albert (20-7).
Irish hero Jamie ‘The Mexican’ Conlan (14-0)
defends his WBO Intercontinental super-flyweight title over 10 three-minute rounds against an opponent yet to be confirmed.
Popular Irish fighter Jamie ‘The Nuisance’ Kavanagh (19-1-1), 25-years-old, enters into a lightweight contest, opponent not yet announced.
The ‘Connemara Kid’ Peter McDonagh (24-28-1) is aiming to become a three-weight Irish champion, taking on Dean Byrne (17-5-2)
for the Irish welterweight title.
35-year-old cruiserweight, Ian Tims (10-3) opposes Michael Sweeney (12-3-1), 32-years-old, for the Celtic Warrior cruiserweight title.
The pair have history, ‘Timsey’ secured the Irish cruiserweight title with a narrow points victory over ‘The Storm’ at the City West Hotel in Dublin back in March 2011.
MGM’s protégé, Declan Geraghty
(9-1) vies for the Celtic Warrior super-featherweight title.
Unbeaten talents David Maguire (4-0), Ciaran Mullen (1-0), Sean Turner (6-0), Ciaran McVarnock (4-0-1) and Issac Macleod (4-0) are all in action.
The Channel of Champions, BoxNation, will televise both shows live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415. Subscribe at www.boxnation.com
or watch online at Livesport.tv and via iPhone, iPad or Android.
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
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