Sunderland’s new bright boxing talent Lee Mould continued his progress in the pro ranks after another win on the Summer Rumble bill.
Lee became unbeaten in two, defeating the vastly experienced Kristian Laight, winning all four rounds in the process.
Laight’s professional record stands at 139 fights with 127 defeats, but only 4 were by the way of knockout. Although Lee didn’t get a knockout in his second pro fight he impressed again throughout and visibly hurt the Nuneaton boxer with viscous body punching.
Mal Gates, Lee’s coach and the man behind his impressive development, said: “Lee gave a great account of himself, I was over the moon. I spoke to Kristian, his opponent, after the fight and he asked me where the hell I found Lee from! He said he was probably one of the strongest kids he’s fought.
“He said it’s usually easy money for him because he can just go in and get through it but he said there he had to really earn his money! To hear that from such an experienced boxer who knows the game inside out was a really massive compliment.”
Mal also spoke about Lee’s body punching in the fight.
“To be honest it’s something we’ve never worked on in the gym because it’s something he throws naturally, so if it’s not broke don’t try to fix it. He throws the body shots in the gym but I never need to show him how to because it’s just so natural to him.
“When he first came he used to just get close and whack away, but now I’m trying to get him to come in behind shots rather than just walking in.
“Another four rounds were important for Lee as well definitely. I told him before the fight we’re not going to stop this guy, because Lee can sometimes be a macho kid who wants to stop everyone, but I told him to box and if a stoppage comes then it comes. Then in the second Lee caught him with a really good right that wobbled Laight a bit and I thought ‘he could go here’.
“Lee came back at the end of the round and said, ‘I hurt him there’ and I said, ‘well that is your job, to hurt him Lee!’.
It was a great day for Mal in all. He also had Anthony ‘babyface’ Nelson on the card, who exploded to victory with a stoppage 46secs. into the second round. Many people, myself included, have noted how fit and sharp both Lee and Anthony looked on such a packed bill and promoter Phil Jeffries praised the work Mal was doing, claiming that Mal’s dedication was one of the main things keeping him interested in promoting.
Mould will now fight again alongside stable mate Nelson on September 9th at the 02 Academy in Newcastle on the Wraith Promotions show billed as ‘The return of the cash’.
Mal said: “Lee will probably have one or two more four rounders before stepping up to six rounders, but to be honest I think he’ll be better over the longer distances. He tries to rush his work off and throws to many shots, but it’s because he knows he’s only got four rounds so he can blow himself away. The more he matures and the longer he has in a fight I think he’ll be a lot better fighter.”
Tickets for the September 9th show are priced at £35, £30 and £20 and are available from the boxers on the bill or from the 02 Academy website.
*In other Sunderland boxing news, Glenn Foot – who also impressed on the Summer Rumble bill – will appear on the undercard for the big domestic heavyweight clash between David Price and Audley Harrison. Keep it here for more news on that and on Lee’s preparations for his September 9th fight.