Boxing world in mourning as Black Country trainer Dean Powell dies at 47

The boxing community was in mourning today after the sudden death of Black Country trainer, manager and matchmaker Dean Powell.

Boxing manager Dean Powell
Boxing manager Dean Powell

Fighters, promoters and all those involved in the sport have paid tribute to the 47-year-old who spent 25 years in the sport.

The matchmaker, who has worked with some of the nation’s greatest fighters including Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe and Chris Eubank, started his career in Dudley and Tipton training at the local amateur boxing gyms, before moving to London.

In the 1980s he taught at both Tipton and Thorns Amateur Boxing Clubs, and also helped out at Dudley where he trained former English middleweight champion Darren McDermott, from Tipton.

Mr McDermott said: “I can’t believe it, it has come as a bit of a shock.

“When I first started boxing at eight-years-old in Dudley, Dean was there then, training me in 1986, so I’ve known him all my life.

“He used to give me tracksuits and different things like that.

“Dean then moved to London and started to learn his trade down there, working with the likes of Nigel Benn, Eubank, everyone - he travelled all over the world and worked with some of the best.

“When I turned professional I signed up with Dean, and did 22 fights with him.

“He was a good bloke, bang on, one of the best.”

Mr Powell recently worked for promoter Frank Warren, whose company Queensberry Promotions confirmed the news yesterday.

“All of us are deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of our very close friend and colleague, Dean Powell,” a statement from the firm said.

“Dean was a valued and popular member of our team and within the sport of boxing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones for their tragic loss.”

The cause of death has not been disclosed.

A host of famous names also took to social network site Twitter after hearing the news yesterday.

Joe Calzaghe tweeted:

International Boxing Hall of Fame member Barry McGuigan wrote:

Meanwhile Haroon Khan, boxer and brother of Amir Khan, added:

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Comments for: "Boxing world in mourning as Black Country trainer Dean Powell dies at 47"

Andy Smith

Knew Dean well,used to go to the match together in our younger days.

Not sure he'd be happy about the 'Black Country' in the title...he was South Staffs and he was proud of that.

John Taylor

Very sad. Worked for me as a teenager, at Royal Brierley Crystal and Royal Brierley Lighting. Tipton.

Left mid 80's and moved to London. Lovely family from Wombourne. RIP Dean.

Whats the worst that can happen !

Went to school with Dean.

Seen him plenty on TV over the years working in the corners.

Very sad.

Ian Honeywood

After many years in London after leaving Cambrideshire, Its very sad time for all after hearing the loss to the boxing world, Dean was always a very friendly man, and always helpful to me even though I was never in his team, A really helpful man who will leave a big hole in the matchmakers world. RIP Dean, My thoughts go out to his family & friends.


One of the good guys in boxing will be missed.

Such a young age to go.

Julie skeete

Heavens gates opened for a very kind- loyal- and lovely man DEAN POWELL

The boxing world won't be the same without you. I know you will always be by Bradley's side xxxxx

John Coyle ( former International referee)

I have known Dean since he was at school. He lived in the same Staffordshire village as my family, Wombourne. I had a sports shop in Wolverhampton and Dean used to call when he could only just see over the counter to ask if I had any boxing programs, knowing my connection with the sport. He was a lovely man and good friend and thoroughly professional in all the dealings I had with him when I was active as an official.

The sport will miss him greatly, as do I as a long standing friend. Down for the count my friend but never forgotten. God bless.

Michael Marley

Top man in the fight game, respected figure in the USA as well. He knew the game, the people, the whole thing. Very smart boxing man.

Michael Marley, UKBoxingMonthly

mickey kasler

Known Dean since he first came to London , a really nice guy who despite having only a couple of amateur bouts , was a more than willing listener and soaked up knowledge like a sponge , rising to the top of his profession. I am truly shocked and upset to hear of his untimely death, and my heart goes out to those he leaves behind.

Roger Barnor

What a shock. Can't still imagine that talk to him and the following the man is dead. Dean you will be missed big time not only to British zboxing but to Ghana as well. Friend REST IN PERFECT PEACE.


A very dear schoolfriend and very good memories of a top bloke. Lived in Wombourne and we went to Ounsdale High school and I was I tears looking at some pictures of our last day at school last night. Love to all Deans family RIP Dean x

Pete Smith

Terrible news, Dean always used to be one of our lot at the Wolves, memories of vinyl hunting with him too (he was a huge fan of The Jam), last saw him at the 100 Club Northern Soul allnighter back in 1999. Rest in peace mate, and sincere condolences to Dean's family.

Andy Smith

Nice tribute Mr Coyle,Penn Sports gave us all something back in the day that we couldn't get anywhere else.A little bit of glamour that made people (especially Dean) want to reach out for something more.

Pete,Dean was back home a few weeks back in the Pool Bar.Was good to see him again,strange to think that would be the last time.Always make the most of the odd times you meet up with old friends.We're all getting older and fewer.

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