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Dean Francis: What Could Have Been.

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  • Dean Francis: What Could Have Been.

    I remember when Hampshire boy, Dean Francis, turned pro. If I remember rightly his old man was head of the British Olympic boxing training or something - not exactly a stellar recommendation when you think about the UK's barren spell between 1968 & 2000. But I had high hopes for him & I remember Boxing News giving him a bit of a write up.

    In his 10th bout (he was 9(7)-0) he got stopped by big punching Jaffa Ballogou in ten rounds. Jaffa beat (or tested) more than a few prospects & Dean was still only 21 & then reeled off a dozen consecutive knockouts before dislocating his shoulder in a 2 round loss to trial-horse Undra White.

    That was the beginning of the end. His shoulder never fully healed & he got prison time for an after boozer fight in Basingstoke (I've also had a late night barney in that *****hole). His next bout was almost 4 years later & he then got outhustled by the mediocre Matthew Barney - again with the shoulder apparently to blame.

    After that another 2 years between fights then he went on a decent run with wins against Ovill McKenzie & Tony Oakey before entering a Prizefighter & losing in the semi by kayo to fan favourite Buster Keeton in a huge shock.

    He was heralded by many as a future World Champ but will now attempt another comeback at almost 39. I doubt it will end good but I wish him the best. But for injuries & a (maybe not his fault) prison sentence he could have/should have been a contender.

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    Nice recent article about his return...


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      Dean Framcis

      Nice to hear about Dean. I thought he was a really good prospect in the late 90's with good wins against fellow Brits Baker and stopped David Starie's winning run.
      Hope he does well in his comeback fight.