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Mal Gates still ‘proud’ after David Lake’s defeat

Coach Mal Gates says he is still proud of David Lake after his boxer was defeated by Taylor Ward last Sunday At Steve Wraith’s ‘Return of the Cash’ show.

The bout was, as expected, the stand-out bout of the day as both boxers gave fans a thrilling contest, which eventually ended when the referee stopped it with just 30 seconds left of the fourth and final round.

The defeat takes David’s record to three wins and two defeats, whereas Taylor Ward (whose real name is Tommy) has now won two from two. It was interesting match up so early in both boxer’s careers but Gates insists it was the right decision.

He said: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing but if you want to be a boxer you have got to be ambitious. Both me and David wanted the fight. There was no illusions we knew it was going to be a difficult fight but we were confident of getting a win. However, on the day Tommy was just too good and you’ve just got to take your hat off and say the better man won on the day.

“Both are young boxers and were matched early, Tommy won so he moves on and I honestly think he is a star in the making. David lost so we have to regroup. This is how boxing works, it’s the nature of the sport. David certainly didn’t disgrace himself and boxed well. In the second round he caught Tommy with a body shot and Tommy’s mouth guard came flying out it was that hard.”

Mal continued: “It may sound strange but that was David’s best ever performance, in a weird way Tommy brought the best out of him and he was really up for it. Tommy has phenomenal speed though and David tried to box a boxer too much and that’s where he lost the fight. It’s just one of them things and we’ve got to move on from it. David gave it a good go though and I am proud of him.”

On the day both Mal and David were visibly unhappy that the referee had called a halt to the fight. Mal also explained the reason behind this.

“David went down twice in the fourth round but got back up straight away after both. The referee stopped the bout after the second knockdown and we were unhappy because he should be giving a standing eight count. It was near the end of the fight and David wasn’t finished. The referee was poor though, he got his ring positioning wrong a lot too.

“They were good knockdowns but David got back up straight away and that was down to his fitness. He was up, jogging on the spot with his hands up because he is extremely fit. We’d lost the fight no doubt but David wanted to go the distance for pride and moral. We’ll give him a good ten or so days rest now and hopefully get him back out on the next show and get him a win.”

Mal’s other boxer on the bill was Anthony ‘Baby face’ Nelson, who was contesting his third professional fight against the experienced Delroy Spencer. Nelson was explosive in his last outing, winning via stoppage in the 2nd round on Phil Jeffries’ Summer Rumble show.

It was points victory here for Nelson over four rounds taking every round for a 40-36 points win.

Mal said: “At the stadium (Summer Rumble) the guy got under Anthony’s skin. Anthony’s a really placid guy but if you wind him up he just goes for it. Yesterday the plan was to just keep moving and keep boxing and he did everything we asked of him. We weren’t looking for the stoppage because we wanted the experience and that’s what we need so when he gets to championship level he’s dealt with anything in his way. I was very pleased with him.

“That’s his third fight and he is still yet to lose a round. Every fighter we’ve chosen so far has been part of his education. His first fight was against a very experienced fighter. His second was against a more ambitious fighter who had title fight experience and then this one was against an opponent who grabbed a lot and looked to fiddle his way through. Anthony needs more sparring now to continue his development and I’m going to start taking him around the gyms a bit so he can learn new and different things from that.”

Steve Wraith’s next show is on November 24th again at the O2 and it is hoped both David Lake and Anthony Nelson will be on the bill, although nothing is confirmed yet.

Mal’s other young boxer is Sunderland’s Lee Mould. He should have been boxing on the ‘Return of the Cash’ bill but had to pull out due to work commitments. And if anyone needs to know just how dedicated Mal is to his boxers careers then they should look no further than this. Mal has helped Lee find a new job that will fit around his training better so that Lee can get back in the ring – hopefully on the 24th November show.

Mal said: “I can’t commit my boxers to a fight until they can commit to training. Lee knows the score and is fine with that. I would never put one of my boxers in the ring unless they were fit. I can be beaten by a better fighter but I will not be beaten because our fitness isn’t what it should be!”

More information on David, Anthony and Lee’s next fights will be up as soon as they’re announced.

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