Coach Mal Gates said he was “devastated” after watching Lee Mould lose his challenge for the vacant English welterweight title.
The Sunderland boxer, trained by Gates in South Shields, lost for the first time in nine contests as he was defeated by Adam LIttle on a unanimous points decision in Blackpool last night.
I was proud as punch with Lee, the way he took the fight to LIttle and the way he’s conducted himself afterwardsMAL GATES
All three judges at ringside at the Blackpool Hilton scored it for the home fighter.
Phil Edwards marked it 98-93, Dave Parris 97-94 and Steve Gray 99-92 as the two warriors scrapped it out for 10 exciting rounds.
Mould had his moments, winning the fifth and seventh rounds with strong pressure, but Little had his good rounds too and several sessions were hard to score.
“I’m devastated he lost, but tonight wasn’t our night,” said Gates.
“I was proud as punch with Lee, the way he took the fight to LIttle and the way he’s conducted himself afterwards.
“I thought the scoring was too wide, but I suppose it’s how you score the fight.
“If I’m being brutally honest, I thought Lee lost but he showed he was not out of his depth, he competed throughout and I did think it was a lot closer than they had it.
“I’d like to thank Lee for his efforts, both in training and tonight.
“He gives everything and I could not ask for anything else.”