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Dean Dodge: ‘I stopped Chris Eubank Jr’s cousin, then asked him for a picture’

Dean Dodge
Dean Dodge will take on Dennis Wahome at York Hall in a fight for the vacant Southern Area super-featherweight title on April 1

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at 11, my football coach sent me down there for extra fitness in the summer break and I loved every second of it. I guess you can say boxing chose me.

Favourite all-time fighter:
I don’t have a favourite. I like a few different fighters but for argument’s sake let’s go with Julio César Chávez and Roberto Durán, I love their cleverness and inside work.

Best fight you’ve seen:
Ah, I’ve seen a lot of good fights on TV, but probably any of the fights with the Four Kings involved!

Personal career highlight:
Being honest, I haven’t achieved anything at the moment although I’ve had some nice stoppages. This year will be my year! As an amateur I stopped Harlem Eubank in Brighton in front of his people, then asked Chris Eubank Jnr for a picture, he wasn’t happy [laughs].

Toughest opponent:
Dean Jones, that man can take a shot! He’s the toughest because he’s only been stopped by myself.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
I’m big and strong for my weight division. Weakness is I love to fight too much but I’m learning every day in the gym. Discipline throughout the fight is key and that’s something I work on daily.

Training tip:
I’d say is always stay at least half fit and be willing to learn!

Favourite meal/restaurant:
Easy, pizza is my favourite meal or a nice dirty burger. Restaurant? Come on, I’m a scruff I don’t go to restaurants!

Best friends in boxing:
Best friend in boxing is my brudda and coach Dean Lewis, shout out to him!

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
I wouldn’t want to be anyone else but myself!

Last film/TV show you saw:
You’re going to think I’m boring but what I watched last was boxing.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Who’s a bad man? Nah, it’s got to be Jake Gyllenhaal, he’s a cool guy and he’d play me well.

Have you ever been starstruck:
A little bit. I wouldn’t say starstruck but training at the MTK Performance Centre and being around Josh Taylor, Leigh Wood and Billy Joe Saunders.

Last time you cried:
Cried?! Come on you’re doing me dirty here, no comment officer!

Best advice received:
Never give up on yourself or your dreams. Not that someone has told me that, but I’ve told myself and it’s always stuck with me.

Worst rumour about yourself:
That I’ve got a 10-inch Rodney, crazy rumour that is!

Something not many people know about you:
I’m a drum and bass lover. People who know me know this. All my ring entrance tunes are huge. The next one will be massive!

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