LIGHTNING Lee Mould is hoping a familiar venue will help him surge to success in only his second fight as a pro boxer.
The 22-year-old is one of an 18-strong bill at the Summer Rumble 2 a week on Sunday.
The boxing takes place at the Stadium of Light, and for Mackem Mould, the chance to fight at the home of his favourite football team is a ‘dream come true’.
“I’m a big Sunderland fan, so I’m really looking forward to it, especially as it’s only my second fight,” he said.
“It’s the best place a Sunderland fan could box.
“I was at the Manchester United game, the last game of the season, and now to be going back to the Stadium of Light to box there is a dream come true.
“When you think of all the famous footballers who have played there, and then for me to fight there, it’s great.”
Mould has been matched up against Manchester journeyman Kristian Laight on the huge undercard, with the world super-bantamweight title fight between Jason Booth and Willie Casey topping the bill.
He is one of three Wearsiders on the show, promoted by Phil Jeffries, father of Olympic bronze medallist Tony. Also fighting are David Dolan and Glenn Foot.
But despite fighting in front of his home fans, Mould insists he will retain the ice-cool nature he showed throughout his career as an amateur with Hylton Castle.
“There’s no extra pressure on me – I don’t get nervous,” he said.
“When I’m walking to the ring there’s maybe a few butterflies, but once I get into the ring it’s time to focus on my boxing.”
“All my mates are big Sunderland fans, so I’m hoping to fill a few seats.”
Mould’s opponent, Laight, has had more than 100 fights, but has won just six, and Mould is confident of making it two wins out of two in the paid ranks.
It’s his follow-up to his debut win on points against Ibrar Rivaz in his first professional fight in May at Rainton Meadows – and he wants to keep busy for the rest of the year
“Laight’s been about a lot, but it doesn’t bother me,” Mould, now fighting out of Malcolm Gates’ Harton & Westoe gym, added. “It’s the type of fight I need to learn from.
“After my last fight, I had a week off which I didn’t want. I hate having time off because I feel unfit, so after this fight I want to get back in and start preparing straight away for the next one.”
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