The funeral of Dean William Powell (21st April 1966 - 10th September 2013) will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 1st October at St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9BJ. This will be followed by a celebration of Dean's life at the Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich.
When the tragic news came of Dean's death last week, heartfelt tributes from the boxing world poured in for the man who devoted his life to the sport and helped further the careers of many champions.
"His contribution to our Championships is almost inconsequential when compared to his achievements in other spheres of the sport but he created probably 70 per cent of our Championships over the last 5 years or so and for that he will never be forgotten for at least as long as I continue to do this job."
Simon Block - Chairman, Commonwealth Boxing Council
"Dean had great in-depth knowledge of the sport, he was meticulous in all his preparations, none more so that when he wrapped the hands of fighters. A boxers hands are his trade and wrapping a fighter's hands before a fight is an art in itself and nobody did it better than Dean. It always put me at ease when he was working in the corner of one of my fighters as we both had a similar tactical outlook for fights having watched and studied many videos together when matching our fighters, and importantly, he cared about the fighters."
"Dean was an extremely popular gentleman within the sport of Boxing. One of the world's best matchmakers with a high standing in the sport. I, and the Board, have lost a great friend and colleague and he will be greatly missed throughout the world of boxing."
Robert Smith - General Secretary, British Boxing Board of Control
"He will be missed in the boxing world because the guy knew boxing - if you asked him a question about any fighter he would tell you and people all over the world loved him."
“British boxing has lost one of its most popular characters and the void left by Dean will be felt by the entire fight community.”
"It would be impossible to over state Dean’s contribution to British boxing he was a lynch pin and an important factor in the career of so many young boxers who have gone on to become world class and will be sorely missed."