Sunderland’s bright prospect Lee Mould has praised his coach Mal Gates ahead of his third professional fight in Newcastle on Steve Wraith’s show on November 24th.
Lee fights out of the Harton and Westoe gym under Gates who has overseen the very successful start to Lee’s career, who won his first two bouts on points; not dropping a round in the process.
Later this month Lee steps up for his hardest test yet against a Scottish opponent with an eight fight winning record, despite that both Lee and Mal are confident and looking forward to getting going again after Lee’s career was temporarily put on hold as he was forced to pull out of Wraith’s first show back in September due to work commitments.
Lee said: “I was devastated at the time but I had to work to make money. The job I had was not fitting well around my boxing so Mal helped me find a new job that means I can now make money without it interfering with my boxing. That sums Mal up and it’s why he is the best coach, he would do anything for his fighters, it’s just the way he is.”
Lee is in Hartlepool today to spar with fellow local two-fight novice Callum Winton and Mal says Lee is ready for his fight and already at the right weight.
“Lee’s been training twice a day and he’s in great shape,” said Mal. “We’ve had a lot more time than usual to prepare so he’ll be more than ready. We’ve done a lot more running and lot more strength work for this one. Sparring’s gone really well too and he’s looking fit and strong.”
Mal also explained why he has decided to step Lee up in this one, matching him with an opponent with a winning record:
“We’ve got a bit of a step up for Lee, against a Scottish lad with a winning record (5/2/1). That’s what we want. We’re not going to train and put all that work in just to box an experienced boxer, I don’t like to use the word journeyman, who just comes to survive. We want to step up and I think a better opponent will bring out the best in Lee.”
Lee added to Mal’s words saying: “I’m really confident for this fight and can’t wait to get back out in to the ring. I’ve trained hard and I feel fit. I’m excited to fight at the O2 as well, I was at the last show and it was a cracker. I should have some good support there and it should be a really good day.”
Tickets are still available for the show at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on November 24th, which Steve has named ‘Farewell to Fergie’ in honour of bill topper David Ferguson – who makes a comeback for one last fight. Lee’s stablemate, Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson is also on the bill which is due to start early in order to finish in time for Ricky Hatton’s comeback, taking place on the same evening in Manchester.