Gates tips Mould to make a huge impact

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MAL Gates has described Lee Mould as a “pleasure to train” – and believes he has everything it takes to be a top-class boxer, writes Daniel Prince.

Gates trains Sunderland’s Mould at the Harton & Westoe Miners’ Welfare Gym in South Shields, and is convinced he has a great prospect on his hands.

The 23-year-old is unbeaten in three fights since turning professional, and his latest test will come on Sunday in Phil Jeffries’ Summer Rumble event at the Stadium of Light.

Also included on the bill is another of Gates’ proteges, Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson, who will be looking for his first title when he competes in his Northern Area super-flyweight bout.

Gates has admitted he is excited ahead of the event, and is convinced Mould is in great shape to take another big step forward in his career.

“He is looking brilliant in sparring,” Gates said.

“He has been sparring a lot of rounds with Kirk Goodings and a lot of rounds with a lad on the bill from Newcastle – Chris Bennett.

“He is right down on his weight and is a pleasure to train.

“Lee is one of the lads who lives the life and all he needs is experience.

“He has got all the attributes to be a really top class boxer. He has got everything.”

Lightweight Mould has had an untroubled start to his pro career, and Gates is eager to ensure his boxer is tested in his upcoming fights.

Mould is four years younger than Nelson, so has time on his side in his pursuit of glory, but Gates believes with a bit more experience he can overcome any challenge.

He added: “Every fight is a test because we are stepping him up every time.

“When you have got a lad like Lee who has never lost a fight and never lost a round you need to see how far you can push him.

“Lee is a few years younger than Anthony so there is not so much of a rush to get him near the top.

“He is in a division where there are quite a few good boys but he is well capable of beating anybody.”