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Smithsburg boxer returns to ring to win title

August 06, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

SMITHSBURG -- Dean White retired from boxing after his two children were born, but five years ago he decided to give his dreams one more shot.

Now, he can call himself a champion.

White, 38, claimed the World Boxing Foundation USA welterweight title after defeating Ryan Belasco in an eight-round bout July 24 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Del.

The Smithsburg resident said he's been boxing "forever," training since he was 8 years old.

"I like the one-on-one competition. You win, you did a lot of it on your own. You lose, and you did a lot of it on your own," White said.

He said he trains every day, either running 3 to 5 miles or working out at Has Been Boxing Club on Prospect Avenue in Hagerstown.

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"I was good at it when I was younger and I wanted to come back and see what I could do," White said.

The WBF USA welterweight title is his first, and he'd like to win another, White said.

Johnnie Johnson has been training White for a year.

"He's a power puncher ... a lot of hard punches," Johnson said. "He's a very aggressive individual."

A lot of boxers have the physical ability to be successful but don't train enough, unlike White, who is in the gym regularly, Johnson said.

White is "very intelligent and able to listen," Johnson said

"He does it because he loves it. You've got to love it to do it," Johnson said.

White works as a high-voltage electrician at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.

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