Sunderland boxer Lee Mould can look forward to a title fight in the new year.
Promoter Steve Wraith has matched Mould with Horden’s Anth Hardy for the Northern Area light-welterweight in an April match-up in Darlington which promises to be an excitingt night.
It is a real clash of styles, Hardy a long-range southpaw against “Lightning” Lee, the 25-year-old who loves to get inside and pound away at his opponent.
The duo boast similar records.
Hardy has eight wins from nine bouts, while Sunderland crowd-pleaser Mould, who boxes out of the Mal Gates camp at Harton & Westoe in South Shields, has lost once in eight appearances.
The only defeat on their respective records have been in English title challenges away from home.
Gates has taken note of the strides made by 23-year-old Hardy.
“Anth is the most improved boxer in the North East,” said the trainer.
“I’ve told Lee that. I have the utmost respect for Hardy and Peter Cope.
“They are two nice lads and good fighters. I don’t think there will be any bad talk or anything like that.
“It’s a 50-50 fight and a great match for the North East fans. They have lost only once and the defeats were in close English title fights.”
Cope, head coach of Gus Robinson Developments, said: “It looks like being an absolute cracker.
“I think we’ll look to take a fight for Anth before then, but we have something to train for.
“Anth is going to have to use his boxing skills. Lee is a strong kid, he’ll stay and stay – one of the things you can say about Mould is there is no lack of bottle.
“They have sparred before and Lee had the better of it, but that was last year and Anth has come on a ton since then.”