UNBEATEN boxer Lee Mould has his sights firmly set on winning his first professional title after another thrilling triumph, writes Daniel Prince.
Wearsider Mould was in blistering form on Sunday as he knocked out John Watson at the Stadium of Light.
He floored Watson 22 seconds into the second round as he extended his unbeaten professional record to six fights.
Mould, who boxes out of the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare gym in South Shields, had been due to take on Gary Fox for the Northern Area light-welterweight title at the Summer Rumble event, only for his opponent to withdraw through injury.
The 24-year-old put that disappointment to one side, though, as he dismantled Watson in a non-title bout, and Mould’s trainer, Mal Gates, has no doubt about what lies ahead.
He said: “I think John felt a lot of Lee’s frustration, because he wanted to fight for a belt.
“We’re working on getting him a shot at a belt now.
“Lee is a born winner and there is no attitude about him.
“We’ll pay for the fight if anyone wants to take him on, but getting an opponent is difficult.
“Lee is ambitious and just wants the belt around his waist.
“He doesn’t want easy fights, and on paper, the one against John wasn’t. The way he beat him just shows how far Lee has come.”
After sizing up Watson in the first round, Mould unleashed all of his power in the second.
Gates was delighted with how it all panned out against a fighter he used to train, and who Mould sparred with as a youngster.
He added: “A lot of people said afterwards that Lee’s performance was the best of the day.
“The gameplan worked great, and after the first round, I told him to just jump on him.
“Lee’s power is unbelievable, and we knew as soon as he started raining down the shots, John wouldn’t be able to live with him.
“I spoke to John after the fight, and he said he couldn’t believe how much Lee had come on since they sparred together.
“He’s dedicated and never misses a session, and I’m very, very proud of him.”
Mould is hoping to get back in the ring in September.