The staff of SportzTawk would like to introduce a special event to all of our
members and guests. We have been fortunate enough to welcome a new member to our forum, professional boxer Dynamite Dean Phillips.
Dean is from the United Kingdom and has recently resurrected his career after a 5 year layoff, in which he managed to obtain a college degree. Dean,
14-6 with 7 KO's, has a fight coming up in February which will be televised live. He has been nice enough to grant us an exclusive interview just
weeks before his fight and will be available to answer any questions on the interview here on www.sportztawk.com. Again we'd like to thank Dynamite
Dean for his time and without further adue, here's what he had to say......
After a 5 and a year absence from the ring what made you return?
DP: It was always my plan to return to the ring. I originally planned on taking a year out and coming back and I went back to college during that
year. Things went really well in college, and the course I did led to another more important course and I ended up achieving a HND in Software
Since your comeback what makes it different this time around and what have you
DP: I have a wealth of experience now that I can draw upon and have learned so much from my experiences in the past. As a result I am an all round
better fighter, much more rounded.
How hard was it to get back in shape on your return to the ring?
DP: I have always kept myself in trim and have always been close to my fighting weight. That is all year round. Even when I took a break from the
boxing gym, I kept myself fit and in shape by doing other gym work. As soon as I got back in the boxing gym, it was only a matter of getting my timing
back with sparring for a few weeks and when I did that, it was like I hadn’t been away.
Did you always dream of being a professional boxer?
DP: From a young age I could always see myself as a professional fighter. I was into 4 things as a child. Boxing, computing, snooker and music
keyboards. Two of those I have made careers out of, boxing and I also have a career in I.T. However boxing has always been the number one for me; I
remember watching boxing on TV as a child, and I knew that I would one day be a professional fighter. I remember being inspired by watching Mike Tyson
on his awesome trail to the Heavyweight title.
Do you think that your first boxing trainer, molded you into the boxer that you
DP: No, a combination of the different people that have helped me throughout my career have molded me into the fighter I am today. Most of the
development of me as a fighter has been achieved through travelling around different gyms in sparring sessions with some of the best professional
fighters in Britain.
Do you still have that burning ambition to win a world title?
DP: Of course I do, every fighter dreams of winning a world title. I really believe I can do it, but know I have to take it a step at a time. I want
2005 to really propel me high up in the world stage. 2004 has been a very successful year for me, from scratch to fighting for the Commonwealth title
in just 11 months. 2005 will be a whole lot better.
What sort of training are you doing on a regular basis, how often do you get to spar?
DP: I spar approaching a fight, a few weeks to 2 months before a fight. But I am always training, doing my gym work and my roadwork. I always get
great sparring in Dai Gardiner’s gym here in South Wales, and have done since the early days of my career. Dai Gardiner is one of the best people
that I know in this game, and he has been a great help to me.
What is a typical day on the eve of a fight for you, and what preparation do you do?
DP: Preparation the day before a fight is simply all about rest and reserving your energy. Mostly it’s a case of lying down and relaxing; definitely
no training the day before a fight. After the weigh-in, which is conducted the day before the fight, it is a case of rest and eating high carbohydrate
meals to top your muscles up with glycogen, ready for battle.
Your recent title shot against Kevin Bennett which resulted in a loss, would you
change anything about the way you fought?
DP: I had overtrained for that fight by about 6 weeks. I expected the fight to take place in September, and prepared for that date, but was then told
that it wouldn’t be until November and kept training throughout. Because of overtraining, I tore a muscle in my left shoulder about 3 weeks before
the fight, and had to take 10 days off from sparring to let it heal properly. I took a gamble with it as I thought it had healed fully come fight
time, but in hindsight I should have pulled out, but hindsight is a great thing. I still thought I was in with a chance before the fight, and proved
that by the way I fought, but I was far from 100% in there because of the shoulder injury. However, I have just got to put it all behind me and come
back better, which I will do. But taking nothing at all away from Kevin, he fought exactly the right fight and did enough to win. However, it would
be a different fight if we were to meet again and if I am not messed about with the fight dates.
Would you consider fighting outside of the United kingdom, perhaps in the United
DP: I have been in talks at various stages throughout my career to fight in the States. I’d love to do that sometime, but feel I definitely have
unfinished business in the UK to take care of first before I venture across the pond.
Who is your favourite boxer past and present?
DP: Mike Tyson was a fearsome fighter, and still is to an extent. I watched his fights in awe. Despite his destructive power and immense strength, he
was actually a highly skilled boxer. Cus D’amato did a great job with him and you could see the amount of work Tyson put into practising his skills
when he fought. On the UK scene, Nigel Benn stands out for me as one of the most feared and determined fighters of the modern era. When you watched
his fights, you were guaranteed action, and often with Benn it was nailbiting stuff. With his never-say-die fighting attitude and headhunting
pressure-fighting style, you were guaranteed an exciting fight.
Your next fight is in February, how do you think it will go?
DP: I see it as nothing but a win. I want to prove that the last fight has helped me develop further as a fighter and I aim to prove that with a win.
However I get it, a win is most important.
On the outcome of a Victory, what is the next step for you in the ring?
DP: I will be gunning for major titles in 2005, make no mistake about that. I see the first fight back as a warmup and then challenging for a major
title thereafter, whether it be British, Commonwealth or the IBO title.
Looking forward to the future if you was to win a world title, what effect would
this have on you?
DP: It would have a profound effect on me, as it is something I have always aimed to achieve. It will be like a lifelong goal for me.
On behalf of the members and staff at www.sportztawk.com we would like to thank you for taking the time out for this interview and good luck in your
DP: Thank you; thank you for the interview; much appreciated.
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