The members of sportztawk.com and sportznewz.com is proud to give you another live online chat with British Lightweight 'Dynamite' Dean Phillips.
The chat took place in the sportztawk chat room at 9pm GMT on the 30th January 2005.
Rynaldo82 asks - When boxing in the ring, how much of a influence is the fans, do you find them cheering you on gives you that extra bit
of drive and determination to win?
Of course, When in the ring fighting, you can't specifically here any one person in the crowd because you are so fired up
for the fight. However, you do appreciate what the crowd generally thinks of the fight by the level of noise they make. And that definitely fires you
up more for the fight. But for the most part, you are so focused on the fight you dont hear the crowd. Next question
I was wondering if you had any superstitions or rituals for fight day? Maybe a certain meal or lucky socks or something along
mmm..a lot of fighters are supersitious about stuff like that. For example, a lot of fighters insist on wearing the same
shorts for each one of their fights. However I personally do not have any rituals as such, other than following the same meal pattern, and taping my
hands up the exact same way,but those aren't rituals as such, they are just my way of doing things that I am used to. I know of one boxer, who i wont
name who used to insist on laying down in a freezing cold bath of water for half hour prior to a fight....each to our own!!lol Next question
I always wondered why higher ranked fighters would fight lower ranked fighters? There seems to be no advantage; if they win, then gain
little and if they lose they lose it all. Case in point is Gary Hibbert, whom you beat.
The promoters match their guys with lower ranked fighters in order to keep them busy. For the most part, the higher ranked
is expected to win and it is just another payday to him, while keeping busy sharpening his skills for a bigger fight. However, in my case against
Hibbert I had other ideas. I was the red herring of the division and nobody knew what I had left, so it was a gamble on hibbert's part, as it was a
gamble for me, but a gamble which paid off for me. Hibbert retired after our fight. Next question
In boxing there is a big danger of brain damage, do you worry about the danger of repeated blows to the head?
Not really. I do not worry. Hey, I went back to college and got a degree, so there has obviously been no damage done to my
brain! We all know the risks of the sport, but while there are risks for boxers, there are also risks for most other sportspeople. Racing drivers,
horse racing, even soccer (heading the ball can damage the brain too). Boxing is quite low on the list of risk sports actually and us boxers are
trained to absorb blows to the head. Next question
Any news on your upcoming fight?
No definite news yet, but I have been told it is towards the end of february and it will be in Wales. I am training
towards an end of february date. However, no opponent named as yet, and I do not know the number of rounds I will be fighting or whether or not it
will be for a title yet. All should become clear in the next week or so. Next question
How do you get along with other boxers oustide the ring, is there alot of tension between you all or is it a good atmosphere?
At the gym where I train in Merthyr, there is a really good atmosphere among the lads. I think that is detrimental to
success. They are like your teammates and it is nice to have their support when you are fighting as it is nice to support them also when it is their
turn. With regard to my competitors, there is no tension at all. At the end of the day it is a business, and once outside the roped, we are the best
of friends. Next question
Is there a particular song that you like to enter the ring to or is it generally just whatever the venue chooses?
No, I actually get a fan to choose my ring entrance tune for me. last time out I had "You can do it (put your back into
it)" Obviously I have the last say as to what song I end up with, but I let the fans choose my ring entrance tune.
thanks. Since a lot of fights run under different scoring systems (decided by the judges), would you say there were some regional
discrepancies in rankings across the U.K.? If this is the case, would you support a national unified UK judging system?
I would definitely support a centralised judging system in the uk. there is quite blantantly a lot of biased decisions
going on, its plain to see. It is bad for the sport and having a new scoring system can only be a good thing. Next question
Boxing (in the U.S.) does not seem to enjoy the glory that it has enjoyed in the past. How do you think boxing can restore its past
I mean, that is a matter of opinion. I am not sure how it is in the US, but here in the UK boxing is still a very healthy
sport. however, football over here is the number one sport and boxing is nowhere near as popular as that. I expect it is the same over there? Football
taking first spot?
At the end of the day it is what the public want. They prefer to watch a baseball game rather than a boxing match, and
they are the deciding factor at the end of the day. or a football game!!lol Next Question
In the us there has been talk of a national boxing commision to protect the fighters. Is there such a thing in the uk, and would you be
in favor ot this?
I think there is basic insurance from the BBBofC for a fighter, and I think they do a sort of pension like thing that we
have the option of taking out, I could be wrong though, so don't quote me on it. But yes, it is a good idea. However for me, my insurance is my other
career, i know that boxing is a short lived sport, and I have a trade to fall back on when I get out or if boxing screws up for me. Next question
John Nada asks - It seems many spectators have becomes very apathetic of the sport and when a big fight is on instantly wonder whether the
fix is likely in or whether it's a complete mis-match. Are the days of Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman e.t.c. over in your opinion?
We still get the good fights, however you are right. There are too many political matters involved in this sport, and it
seems to be getting worse as time goes on. It all depends on the promoter who is putting the fight on, as some are more iffy than others with regard
to mismatches etc. Next question
Over here in the States lately there have been alot of incidents of athletes using illegal steroids and/or performance-enhancing
drugs. Are these substances generally banned in boxing as well? Do you think there is alot of illegal steroid/drug use in boxing?
For title fights, boxers are routinely tested for substances. For example, before my last fight, I was tested immediately
before the fight. I am not aware of anything like that going on here in the uk, and I think the BBBofC (British Boxing Board of Control) are good on
stamping. That kind of thing out. however it could be totally different in the US or other countries. Next Question
How does it affect your everyday life bing a pro boxer?
Boxing is a way of life for me. boxing dictates the kind of lifestlye I lead, the foods that I eat, the fluids that I
drink, the amount of rest that I get. So it basically dictates the way I live. It's all about making sacrifices if you want to succeed in this sport.
The few boxers I've met have been tremendous atheletes, they excelled in many sports. What other sports do enjoy or consider yourself
I used to like playing rugby as a kid, but was too small to be any good at it. I can run good, both long distance and
medium distance, like 800 metres or 400 metres. i was in the school cross country team for example. Before boxing I won a junior world title in full
contact kickboxing, and before that won many national titles in karate. I was also in the national amateur boxing team! Next question
My pleasure. When a boxer trains, they aim to peak physically on the fight date. But if that date gets changed, like in the case of
your fight with Kevin Bennet, how does a boxer alter their training so they can re-peak at the next date?
If that happens, like it did me, you have to hold back. And that is not easy when you are in full swing training. You have
to take rest days to recharge your batteries and come back strong again. Next question
Wouldn't it be better if we went back to the old system of 1 champ per weight division, with all the sanctioning bodies it gets very
confusing for the casual fan.
For the fan it seems a very feasible way to do things, one champion per weight. But for the boxers this is not so good.
Fighters need titles to earn a living, and the promoters know this. That is why they keep introducing new titles. While this may seem like not such a
good thing, it gives the sport variety and the boxers more options and chances of making it, I prefer how it is now to when there was one champ per
weight. Its all down to politics at the end of the day!! Next question
How influential is a trainer on his boxer's success in the ring? Obviously you are the one in the ring fighting but how important
is a good trainer?
A good trainer is important. They can be really good motivators, and motivation can do you the power of good on the day of
the fight. For myself, I have a few people helping out with the training side. I have a conditioning trainer, and someone who sorts out my sparring. I
also bring someone else in for padwork. So it is a team effort. Next question
I'm so happy you went back to school. I am about to attain a degree as a "nontraditional student" and I know it's not easy. Why did
you do it? Where do you draw your inspiration from to do the things you do?
I have always liked computing, like programming and design work, so decided to do something with my talent and went back
to get a qualification in it (software engineering) it got me a good job too, as I now work part time for the local college developing interactive
learning materials for students d lecturers, so its another career now and one that I go on and do more things in later..Next question
thanks. Barring any serious injuries, where do you see yourself in a year?
I see myself holding a major title this time next year. That is all I am aiming for now, and you will definitely see me
relising my potential this year. thanks guys, it has been great being here. and hope to do it again.
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