Lee Mould ready to step down – after winning title

BELT UP ... Mal Gates and Lee Mould.
BELT UP ... Mal Gates and Lee Mould.

LEE Mould’s days as Northern Area welterweight champion could be numbered – barely 72 hours after his night of triumph.

Lightning Lee is to campaign at light-welter and coach Mal Gates believes the 24-year-old is destined for even better times in the division below.

The South Shields-trained star became the region’s champion at welterweight in Gateshead on Saturday night when he outpointed Birtley’s Craig Dixon.

But despite the success, the bout has convinced Gates that 10 stone will be the new fighting weight for his boxer.

“We’re going to give it a try,” Gates told the Gazette.

“He was 10st 4lb the day before the fight and I’m confident Lee can do 10 without a problem, when he is weighing in the day before. We have a nutritionist on board to help do all this.

“I do believe Lee will carry his strength and speed down to light-welter and be a success,

“Lee was brilliant on Saturday night but Dixon looked massive and I think light-welter is the way forward.”

The way forward may have a slight delay after Mould suffered a painful right hand problem early in the fight though thankfully X-rays yesterday have shown no broken bones.

But the Harton & Westoe gym is certainly on the right road and under the right man after a second title in five weeks.

Gates, who guided Anthony Nelson to the English super-flyweight title in South Shields in October, preferred to deflect the praise towards the men inside the ring.

“I’m over the moon to have received a lot of calls, texts and messages,” Gates said.

“But a coach is only as good as the boxers he’s got to work with.

“A coach is there to bring out the best in his boxer, give him the confidence to go out and perform.

“The lads, to a man, have been brilliant.”