Lee Mould is tuning up for his crack at the vacant English welterweight title with “perfect” sparring.
The Sunderland boxer faces Adam Little in Blackpool on Saturday, June 27 in a battle of unbeaten welters at the Hilton Hotel.
It’s a huge opportunity for the Wearsider and coach Mal Gates has made sure Mould has been putting in the rounds with some top North East talent.
The 25-year-old has faced the undefeated Frank Warren-managed prospect Josh Leather and Northern Area lightweight title challenger John Green.
“We’ve been to Paul Hamilton’s gym in Darlington and did 10 rounds there,” said Gates. “We did six rounds with Josh Leather, who is a lovely boxer – it was exactly the sparring we need.
“After six, Josh got out and John got in and did four.
“I asked John to box a bit and he did and Lee did what I wanted him to and close the range. Lee could have done another four or five, that’s the shape he’s in.
“It was perfect sparring and they were very complimentary about Lee.”
These sparring sessions are vital to Mould, given the challenge in front of him.
Little, from Kirkham near Blackpool, has reeled off 12 straight wins and will start as favourite on home soil.
Gates, who trains Mould, known as “Lightning”, at the Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare gym in South Shields, is full of admiration for their opponent. “Little’s a lovely boxer and has a good jab,” he said. “It’s not rocket science, you have to take his jab away from him.
“If he doesn’t het his jab off then he can’t throw his right hand If he’s allowed to box at range then he could box your head off, we’ve got to nullify his jab.”