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Fighting with Fire – Dean Gillen Pro Debut!

Firefighter Dean Gillen all set for pro debut in Nottingham on May 23

Firefighter-turned-professional boxer, Dean ‘Deano’ Gillen is all set for his pro bow on May 23rd at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.

The 32-year-old middleweight goes up against another debutant in Shaun White, both looking to kick-start their career with a win.

The Carl Greaves managed boxer stated, “I’m up against Shaun White, he comes from an unlicensed background and I’ve actually seen him box before. He’s shorter than me, stocky and strong, it’s his pro debut too so he will be well up for it, and should make for a great fight.”

Prior to his debut, Gillen enjoyed success in the World Police and Fire Games which is a biennial athletic event attracting 10,000 applicants, only slightly fewer than the Olympic Games.

“I won gold in The World Police and Fire Games in 2013 which is basically the Olympics for emergency services,” he explained. “I knocked out all of my opponents to win the gold, they were Canadian, Dutch and Spanish.”

Team Deano exudes confidence despite a limited amateur background and advanced age for many entering into a professional boxing career. His profession and natural capability for fitness puts him in good stead for his forthcoming challenges.

He commented on the preparations for his approaching fight, “Training for this has gone well, obviously being a firefighter I have a good level of fitness anyway and we undergo annual fitness tests in the fire service which are tough because it’s a demanding job.

“I’ve had my first training camp already but the fight got cancelled, I should have debuted on 7th March so this is my second camp. The pro training focuses on strength and power, it runs in a training camp format that includes so many weeks of strength work, on top of working on technique, the next phase is sparring and the final phase requires speed work in order to sharpen up ready to fight, which is the part that I’m coming up to now.”

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On his promotional outfit, he commented, “Carl Greaves Promotions are brilliant, they’re the first team that I approached when I decided to turn pro as they have a good reputation. I had a trial with Carl Greaves watching, as I did four rounds sparring with Fonz Alexander followed by a full training session and he was impressed enough to take me on.”

Gillen is under no illusions that he is entering the pain game at a later stage of life than many but as a Firefighter he’s no stranger to danger and does not deem his current age as a barrier.

He said, “Obviously I’ve left it late turning pro as I’ll be 33 in June, so I need to be as active as I can be to maximize my time but also choose my fights wisely. Initially I was happy with just turning pro but I now have the belief that if I take it one fight at a time and concentrate on winning, I’ll hopefully put myself into position for a title shot. A shot at the Midlands Area Title would mean the world!”

He concluded confidently, “I’m always fit, I naturally walk around close to my fight weight, if a short notice opportunity comes my way, I’ll be ready. There’s probably better technical boxers out there than me but everything has just fallen into place at the right time and I genuinely believe I’ve got the heart and will to succeed.”

The main event sees local hero, Jamie Williams 4-1-0 go up against the more experienced Usman Ahmed 8-7-0 in an eight rounds flyweight contest.

23-year-old Williams is the owner of an International Masters Bronze flyweight title won in his previous outing against Georgian boxer, Mikheil Soloninkini in Grantham in March.

Away fighter, 33-year-old Ahmed is vastly more experienced having been involved in three title fights previously challenging for English, British and Commonwealth flyweight titles.

Also appearing is 30-year-old light-middleweight, Terry Maughan 9-5-1. The six foot tall local lad goes in against 32-year-old Yorky, Paul O’Brien 0-7-0 in a four round contest.

Completing the bill is 25-year-old local lightweight, Nathan Kirk 3-1-0 against Andy ‘Thunder’ Harris 3-25-1 in a four round contest.

Kirk impressed in his previous outing in December last year knocking down opponent, Antonio Horvatic twice in the second and fourth rounds to win via a wide points victory in Whitwick, Leicestershire.

The show takes place at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham on Saturday 23rd May with the after party continuing at the Grosvenor Casino. For tickets please visit

Team Dean would like to thank his sponsors American Fire Apparel and The Townhouse Bar & Kitchen and PR Manager Tim Rickson To follow Dean Gillen on Twitter click here @TeamDeanoPro

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