LEE Mould has been handed the opportunity to move up to the next level after being handed a shot at the English welterweight title.
The unbeaten Sunderland boxer will take on Adam Little in Blackpool on Saturday, June 27.
It is the title city neighbour Glenn Foot was due to box for at the end of February, only for defending champ Ahmet Patterson to pull out on the day of the weigh-in.
The undefeated Londoner has now abdicated, with the British Boxing Board of Control sanctioning Little v Mould for the vacant crown.
It is a showdown between the champions of the Central and Northern Areas, and Team Mould are confident of success at the Hilton Hotel, even though Little has home advantage as a Blackpool lad.
Coach Mal Gates told the Echo: “Lee is not fazed by that sort of thing, he thrives on going away. He’s boxed all over as an amateur and he’s been on away soil as a pro too.
“A ring’s a ring for Lee. He’s not bothered about going over there.
“It looks a good match – both are decent fighters, area champions and unbeaten.
“I wanted a good fight for Lee and when I’d heard Patterson had given up the belt, I jumped at this chance.”
Little, known as “Big Man”, will start as the favourite, given home advantage and the fact he boasts four more wins than the former Hylton Castle ABC boxer.
“I’ve seen Little box and he’s not bad,” said Gates. “He has a nice jab, but I know Lee has the beating of him.
“Both Adam and Lee are decent lads and it will come down to who performs better on the night.”
The two welterweights go into the clash on a high after winning belts last time out.
“Lightning” Lee beat Craig Dixon in Gateshead last November to lift the Northern Area title, while Little defeated Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy – who Foot outpointed in Hartlepool last Friday night – to land the vacant Central belt in Blackpool last December.
Mould and Foot are likely to be doing some sparring as both build up to their respective championship tests – the Marley Pots hero will be taking on Sam Eggington for the British and Commonwealth titles in Manchester on July 18.
Mould’s camp are looking for sponsors for their boxer. Anyone who is interested is asked to ring Mal on 07510 320981.