LEE Mould will take inspiration from former world heavyweight champion David Haye when he boxes Craig Dixon for the Northern Area title on Saturday, writes DANIEL PRINCE.
Haye visited South Tyneside at the weekend, and met Mould at his training base – the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Gym, in South Shields.
He spoke to the 24-year-old, from Sunderland, about his welterweight title bout at Gateshead Leisure Centre, and the ‘Mackem Mexican’ left Haye in no doubt as to how he saw the fight going.
Mould’s trainer, Mal Gates, said: “David came into the gym and was absolutely fantastic, talking to all the lads. It is an inspiration for someone like Lee.
“David stood with the head-to-head between Lee and Craig. He asked Lee who was going to win, and Lee said, ‘I’m going to bash him!’
“David has achieved so much in the sport and is what any lad in boxing aspires to be.”
Gates feels Mould is as fit as he possibly could be heading into what is sure to be the most testing fight of his unbeaten professional career.
He added: “Lee is going to be in the best shape he has been in as a professional when he steps into the ring. We have worked closely with Chris Davison, who has done his nutrition and also his strength circuits.
“The training has gone brilliantly, and we have done the most sparring with him he has ever done.
“Special thanks to his employer, who have given us the freedom to structure his training by being very flexible with his work time.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Wescott Coatings and Training Services, and Kev Pascoe, for all their support and help.”
Tickets – priced £35 – are available by calling into the gym, which is based in Low Lane, South Shields.