LEE Mould is preparing himself for a “war” ahead of his title fight next month.
The Wearsider will face Gary Fox for the Northern Area light-welterweight belt in the Stadium of Light’s Summer Rumble show on Sunday, July 13.
Mould is unbeaten in five fights since turning professional, and says he has never felt better in the lead up to a bout.
He said: “I’ve been in the gym since Christmas, and everything has been perfect.
“This far from a fight, I’ve never felt so good, so I can’t wait.
“I think this is the best and hardest camp I’ve had for a fight.
“I know how hard Fox trains. He’s a come-forward fighter and doesn’t like to lose, and I’m the same, so we’re going to have a war.”
Mould trains at the Harton & Westoe Miners’ Welfare Gym in South Shields under Mal Gates, who was also Fox’s first pro trainer.
Gates is excited ahead of his boxer’s big day.
He said: “I’m delighted because it’s a meaningful fight, a title fight, and a 50-50 fight.
“I know Gary quite well, and I know how hard he trains.
“Gary has gone on to be a really good fighter over the years.
“He has boxed at English title level, and I think he will be a stronger fighter because he has moved up in weight.”
Mould will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of stable-mate Anthony Nelson, who won his first Northern Area title in last year’s Summer Rumble.
Nelson has been on hand to give advice over recent weeks, particularly when it comes to pacing.
Mould’s last fight was an eight-rounder against Sam Matkin in Sheffield last September, and it ended in a controversial draw.
The Sunderland fighter’s title bout will be a 10-rounder, and he feels his experience over eight rounds – as well as the help of Nelson – could give him the edge.
He added: “Anthony won his title here and I saw how hard he trained for that.
“He’s in the gym now and gives me bits of advice.
“I’ve done eight rounds, and I think if you can do that, you can do 10 rounds.
“I was getting stronger and in the eighth round, that’s when I felt at my strongest.
“Two more rounds and I would have finished the fight, as I had so much energy left in the eighth round and couldn’t unload it all in time.
“Now I know when to put my foot on the gas, when to go for it, and when not to.
“Fox has good experience, but he has only ever gone as far as eight rounds, and he lost both times he did that, so I think that is in my favour as well.”
Tickets for the show, priced at £35, are available from promoter Phil Jeffries on 07747 611 020 or from any of the boxers involved in the event.