Professional Boxer Dynamite Dean Phillips has taken the time out again from his personal life and training to do another live online chat with the
staff and members of www.sportztawk.com. It took place in the chatroom on sportztawk on the 3rd of April at 9pm GMT.
We'll get straight into it - here's the questions and Deans answers!
- Do you think that training is harder than fighting in the ring? If so what is the toughest part of the training?
- The training is the hard part. If you train hard, you fight easily. Although the actual fight is hard, it goes so
quickly you dont tend to realise and if you are prepared properly then you should breeze through it. The hardest part of training is the sacrifices
you have to make.
- How are things holding up on the homefront? Is everything going smoothly?
- On the homefront, everything is going great. I have just got engaged to my girlfriend Jo and we are going to marry when
she gets back from service in iraq in october. Looking forward to a brilliant future with her. Boxing is on hold at the moment as there have been no
fights coming my way, but I am still training and hope for something to materialise very soon.
- I hope things go well in that area, behind every great man, lies a great girl.
- I see on your website that you have new management and are looking to fight outside the UK, does that mean the US?
- Well, I am in talks with another overseas promoter. Possible I will fight in Germany, but nothing at all has been
finalised. We are very much in the talking stage. I am still promoted by Matchroom unofficially.
- I've recently bought a jump rope to improve my quickness and endurance. I've read that boxers use jump training a lot. Do you?
And if you do what excercises would you recomend?
- I jump rope every gym session. You can use a rope to improve your co-ordination, aerobic and anaerobic fitness as well
as your speed. I recommend jumping the rope as if you are running as you will get a good workout that way.
- What is you technical gift? Fast hands?, power?, Great footwork? or something else?
- I am extremely strong at my weight. I can hit just as hard in the last round of a fight as I do in the first round.
because of this, I have actually physically retired some of my opponents permanently from their boxing careers.
- What's your favorite boxing movie?
- Rocky movies are benchmark boxing movies, so those have to be my favourite. They are very inspiring.
- Congrats on your engagement, is it frustrating to not get fights?
- Thank you. It is frustrating not getting fights, but boxing is in a bad shape here in the uk at the moment, but its just
a phase that will pass.
- Do you have any lucky items that you wear or use just before a match?
- I used to consider my shorts to be lucky, and would make sure I wear the same ones when fighting. Nowadays though, I
just go with what I am comfortable with for that particular fight.
- I hoped you washed them everytime...
- Of course, but it isn't my blood that is stained on them... Its always the other guy's.
- Do you think that getting married and maybe having kids, will effect on how long you will box for? And would you want your kids to take
that choice also in the boxing ring?
- I would support my kids in whatever they wanted to do. If they wanted to box, then I would support them the same as I
would support them if they wanted to sing or do ballet. I have never had kids or got married so I couldn't tell you my feelings. Obviously your
priorities change, but it wont affect my boxing career.
- Are you a natural lightweight or is it a constant battle to keep your weight down?
- I am a natural lightweight and have always been a lightweight. I used to struggle to make super feather like 10 years
ago, so should have always campaigned at lightweight. It is not a struggle to make the weight at all.
- At what age did you really become serious about boxing? Was it a dream of yours as a kid?
- I used to watch boxing on the tv as a kid and knew that I would be a professional boxer myself. I cant remember what age
I knew this, but I became serious about boxing at 14, which was my first year as an amateur (in which I was in the national squad).
- You've retired some boxers from thier careers, is that a good feeling, or is it regretful?
- Well, we all know the risks involved, and the way I look at it is that it could well have been me that was retired, so I
am not regretful. It probably feels the same as a soldier feels in battle.
- Condition and form are two major things to have in boxing, but you see these new crops of fighters going for speed, power and how
good there body looks (muscle mass ect). Speed and punching power should come from technique not how big your arms are. Do you see this as a problem
for future fighters?
- I dont see it that way. Boxing is very much about technique. It always has been and always will be. Speed and power are
just things added on to that. When you start boxing you learn the basics and develop on them, but boxing is and always has been about technique.
Strength is another big factor too. If you are strong and have good technique, then you are a force to be reckoned with.
- Do you still remember the first time you stepped into the ring? what was it like?
- It was like a blur. It all went so fast. The adrenalin was pumping so much that I cannot remember anything at all from
the experience. The more experience you get the better able you are to deal with the adrenalin and the nerves.
- How much of a strategy for a fight do you take into the ring and how long does it last?
- Being able to think in the ring separates champions from contenders. Developing a strategy, sticking to it and putting
it into practice is a key aspect of training that you need to take into the ring with you. You need a strategy at championship level. Not so much at
lower levels though.
- Have you ever tried kickboxing? What do you think of it? Are they guys who couldn't make it in regular boxing?
- I was the Junior World Full Contact Featherweight Kickboxing Champion back in 1993 at age 17!! I used to do kickboxing
before i turned to boxing. A lot of guys nowadays are entering kickboxing after not making it as a boxer. When i was doing it, there was no money in
it back then, but there is now, so it is an option for some boxers. I wouldn't go back to it though.
- Have you ever been thrown off the stratagy that you prepard in training?
- Yes, which is why you need to develop a plan B and also a plan C to use if the need arises.
- What are your career goals? do you intend to be the best lightweight boxer in England and retire, or go right to the top of the
- I plan on going as far as I can. i want to conquer britain first before moving onto the world stage. I am ranked in the
top 10 in the uk at the moment, its just a case of getting the right fights now to get up to the top.
- In the movie rocky, which is your favorite boxing movie, Mikey says women weaken legs, do you believe this?
- Sex actually does physically weaken your legs. Before a fight it is not advised to have sex a week before, sometimes
even longer than this. You can definitely feel the difference in training and in the ring after having had sex. Your legs just dont feel as strong.
Even though the rocky movies are fictional, there is a lot of sense in the script relating to the life of a real professional fighter.
- How much of boxing is mental as opposed to the physical side that we all see in the ring?
- I would say that boxing is 60% mental and 40% physical. Leading up to a fight is a very emotional time, during the fight
your mental state can mean the difference between winning and losing.
- How often do you need your cutman?
- I have never been cut in my entire boxing career, touch wood. Some fighters mark up and cut very easily and some don't.
I believe it has a lot to do with the diet a fighter eats and his lifestyle.
- What is your opinion of the reality show "The contender"?
- The contender is a very good programme. i have been watching it and it gives some of the top contenders much needed
publicity and a chance to break through. It is very good for the sport in general and i hope they bring it over to the uk and do a series featuring
the UK Lightweights, which is the best and most competitive division to be in right now.
- Thanks alot for taking the time out again Dean for the online chat.
- Well, thanks a lot again for the questions folks. I hope to do it again sometime soon.
About 'Dynamite' Dean Phillips
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1st online chat with 'Dynamite' Dean Phillips
Interview with 'Dynamite' Dean Phillips
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