Sportztawk is proud to provide an exclusive online chat with Pro-Boxer 'Dynamite' Dean Phillips. The online chat took place in the chatroom on
at 9pm GMT 18/01/05.
We would like to thank Dean for taking the time out from his training and busy schedule to participate. For those of you that are not familiar with
Dean Phillips take the time to check his profile here... PROFILE
Welcome Mr. Phillips to the first ever sportztawk live chat, on behalf of all the members and staff we would like to thank you for coming
to this occasion. Now lets get the chats rolling and the questions answered.
Nice to be here
For the ones who maybe haven't seen you fight, how would you explain your style, talents, and skill to them?
Well, I am a pressure fighter by nature, but I can also box when I want to. I actually learned how to box in a gym where
counterpunching was a speciality so you could say that boxing is my roots, but I am a fighter by heart and I have a wicked left hook!!! next
Are there any plans to appear in the us ? or on tv over here?
I have been in talks throughout my career with various american promoters. I was close to doing a deal with America
Presents some years ago, and more recently Kevin Dever, although no deal has actually been done as yet. I would truly love to come to the states to
fight in the near future but at the moment, Matchroom Sports are promoting me here in Wales, and I have faith in them to steer me in the right
direction,so its a case of conquering Britain first, before I venture across the pond, but I am always open to offers!! Next question
I have a question from another member Speedfreak: Does your promotion team work hard at getting fights, sponsorship ect? Or do you do
alot of self-promotion?
At the moment, I do a lot of self promotion. For example, I set up my own website. However, there are various people and
organisations that help with get much needed exposure. Britishboxing.net for example have been a great help, as have Boxrec, Uppercut mag and Doghouse
boxing website along with my local paper, Llanelli Star. Next question.
What boxer do you relate to most. (style , etc...)
Hmm...well, I don't model my style on any particular fighter. Rather try to put in practice different aspects of
different fighters into play in my own style to what I have seen over the years. I dont know if my style is similar to any particular fighter, however
if anyone thinks so, then please let me know!!! Next question
"What are your plans next?"
My immediate plans for the future is to get out there and prove to people that my loss for the Commonwealth title was a
blip and I want to prove that in my next showing. I am gunning for major titles this year, what title it is I do not care, so long as I am getting the
right fights and am kept busy. Next question!
Being you are in the Boxing 'Circles' in your honest opinion do you think or know if boxing is sometimes fixed? Do fighters actually
take a dive?
lol...not that I know of to be honest. What you do see a lot of is top prospects being matched with journeymen that have
no chance of winning. That happens a lot but as for fixing, its new to me!! next question (think i have i answered that properly. lol!)
Every professional althete has a pump up song or movie what is yours?
For music, i like listening to dancey, trancey music. They motivate me for training too. I cant think of any specific
movie that inspires me though, although i must say the Rocky movies were a great inspiration in the old days. next question
Do you ever lose your temper in the ring?
I never lose my temper in the ring. However I have lost it on many occasions doing othere forms of training, for example
on the pads or bags..lol in the ring though, you have got to keep your head. The moment you get angry you become very vulnerable. Next question
Dean, how is training going for the upcoming fight?
Training is going good. It is the 3rd week back after Christmas and the New Year, and already I am feeling great and
looking forward to fighting. The only think I have to do now is to get sparring in to sharpen up, and that will be done in the period of a few weeks
before the fight. My shoulder injury has healed now and I just want to get in there and show what I am capable of doing...Next question
What does the future hold for you and how long do you envisage yourself staying in the game for?
I aim to stay in the game for a few years yet. 2005 is a make or break year for me, and I think if nothing happens by
the end of it i.e if I haven't won a major title, then I may start thinking about pursuing other routes. However its hard to tell, as I could very
well be on the brink at the end of the year, in which case I will keep at it. Just have to grit my teeth, do my best and see what rewards it brings
me. I wil be giving 100% this year that I can say..Next question
What is your strategy going into your next fight?
I haven't been told yet who I will be fighting. I have been told it is a 6 rounder in Wales. until I get a name, I
cannot devise any kind of strategy. Next question!
Dean, Any chance of a possible rematch between you and Kevin Phillips down the road?
Kevin Bennett. Yes, I would love to fight Kevin again. Another fight with us would be totally different. I was messed
about with the dates for that fight. I was told it would be in september and was training spot on for that date. Then I got told it was in November,
so I overtrained. Next time will be a lot different, and I know I will come out on top in a rematch...Next question
What do you think of the domestic Lightweight scene at the minute, best division in Britain by far, don't you think, around 13 who
could all be British contenders ?
The british lightweight scene is really hot at the moment, and it just seems to be getting more crowded. There are
indeed about that many british title contenders. I think we are going to see a lot of box-offs and eliminators in the near future!! Next question.
In your division, do you find that strength or speed are most important?
I think that in the lightweight division, a combination of strength and speed are required to be competitive at a decent
level. The higher weights, like middles and heavies require more strength and the lower weights, feathers and flys etc require more speed. But
lightweight I think you should have a combination of both!! Next question.
How does boxing rank among sports in Britain. ( popularity)
I think the most popular sport in britain is football, or soccer. Boxing is pretty popular but not on the scale of what
football is. I keep thinking of the money I could be making if I were a premiership football player!!!lol Next question!
Is it hard to train when you don't know who you will be fighting?
When I dont know who I will be fighting, I train like I normally would. For example, when I fought Michael Muya, I
didn't know until about a week before that I would be fighting him. Things like this always happen in boxing and you have just got to put it out of
your head and get all your training sparring with different styles of fighters when that happens. Next question.
If i can expand on the last answer. its always good to spar with different styles of fighters anyway, as you dont know
who you will be up against...
In terms of working out in the phyiscal side of training, what do you focus on most of all?
I focus on getting my aerobic system and anaerobic system in tip top condition. i also do a lot of conditioning
exercises using my own body weight (I dont lift weights). Next question.
Of the British Lightweights around now, who would you most like to fight?
Domestically I want to fight Graham Earl this year, or Kevin Bennett again as they are the two top ranked domestically.
Further afield I wouldnt turn down an offer from Corrales!!!lol Next question
Dean, a topic that has been in the news for most of 2004 is the drugs scandal in all sports. And with all the controvasity in the sport
world with the drugs scandals, what is you opinion on it and have you ever thought about taking performance enchancing substances to help with
training and your fights?
I have never thought about taking any substances. You can get the same highs from living the correct lifestyle, training
hard and eating healthy. Next question.
Do you think Boxing is a dying sport? What I mean is, it seems the money men (e.g. Don King) have drained the sport of all it's
spirit and of it's heroes...and all that seems to be left is boxers who are interested in the big money and little else...especially the love of the
sport. Not that I'm saying you're like that of course!
Boxing is a tough business. to do it and not get paid is pure love for the sport i.e staying in the amateurs. However,
the pro ranks are undeniably all about money. I agree, it is turning more and more into a business than a sport, but just as boxing needs fighters to
keep it going, boxing also needs the money men like Don King to put the fights on. I dont think it is dying though. Boxing will always be there I
believe. Next question
Speedfreak asked how much does a fight take out of you, how long does it take to recover?
Training and fighting are totally different things. A fight can tak a lot out of you. It took my muscles 3 days to
recover after my last fight. You can train all you want, but you dont know how hard it is until you are in the ring under the spotlight. right guys, I
have to shoot now. Been a pleasure doing this chat, and hoping to do it again soon.
We would like to thank Dean again for his inciteful look into the world of boxing. It's been a pleasure! Stay tuned for more online chats, interviews
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Interview with 'Dynamite' Dean Phillips
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