SUNDERLAND boxing prospect Lee Mould steps up to challenge for his first professional title when he travels to face fellow unbeaten fighter Sam Matkin for the vacant British Masters light-welterweight title in Sheffield next month.
The September 21 date continues the rise of the 23-year-old who has impressed since leaving the amateur ranks at Hylton Castle ABC 15 months ago.
Mould, unbeaten in four fights, has made a very impressive start to his professional career – and looked sensational in his latest outing in the Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light when he made light work of Ben Zacharkiw with a 106-second knockout.
Trainer Mal Gates has been keen to see his charge step up in class, and believes the fight against Matkin is one Mould can win, and showcase the talents that he has honed in sparring at the Harton and Westoe Miners Gym in South Shields, over the last few months.
“Lee was straight back in the gym after his last fight,” said Gates. “He is hungry for success and is ambitious, and wants to move on with his boxing career.
“We spoke after his last fight and we both agreed we just want meaningful fights for him.
“He is a very talented boxer and improving all the time. His performances in his first four fights have been both faultless and educational.
“For Lee’s last fight, we had worked on a lot of things in the gym but never got the chance to show them as it ended so quickly.
“We have worked a lot on his defence and his movement – he has improved so much and this is just the platform we need to showcase his skills.”
Mould, nicknamed the Mackem Mexican, has every chance of a good career in the professional ranks, despite his relative inexperience, insists Gates.
“We have five weeks to prepare,” he added. “I have already booked some top-class sparring for him and he will be in great shape come fight time.
“Lee lives the life of a pro boxer and is a dream to work with – he was absolutely buzzing when I told him I had secured this fight. I fully expect him to take this step up and win his first title.”
Gates has tickets available for the show at Sheffield University’s Octagon Centre, priced £30. “I am hoping Sunderland fight fans get behind Lee and turn out to support him,” he said.
For tickets, call Gates on 07510 320981.