Mal Gates is not indulging in any ‘trash talk’ on the eve of Lee Mould’s English welterweight championship confrontation with Adam Little.
In fact, the coach could not be more respectful of the unbeaten Blackpool boxer they will meet at the weigh-in at the Hilton Hotel today and inside the ring tomorrow night.
The hometown boxer may be Little by name but Gates knows the 26-year-old is big on talent, and the South Shields trainer knows the undefeated Sunderland fighter will have to be at his best to bring the vacant belt back to Wearside.
“Adam’s a good boxer and has a good jab,” Gates explained.
“It’s not rocket science, you have to take his jab away from him.
“If Adam doesn’t get his jab off then he can’t throw his right hand, can he?
“He’s definitely a boxer and has a lovely jab.
“If he’s allowed to box at range then he could box your head off, we’ve got to nullify his jab.”
Mould has already pulled off a similar operation in the past.
His triumph for the vacant Northern Area championship was an almost a carbon-copy challenge.
Mould went into the backyard of the gifted and then undefeated Craig Dixon in Gateshead and won – coming through a turbulant opening three minutes.
“Lee got caught cold and it can happen to any fighter,” admitted Gates.
“Craig tried to capitalise on it, but Lee’s fitness got him through that first round and he was able tro weather that little storm.
“Lee gradually started taking over the fight and deserved his win.
“He’s done 10 rounds once and did a good eight with Sam Matkin for the British Masters.
“That was at 10 stone but I think Lee is stronger at this weight (10st 7lbs).”
Gates also believes his all-action style not only excites the fans but is the difference between Mould being a winner and loser.
“I’ve always said Lee thrives on the big fights,” he said. “I remember the Matkin fight, he was booed in, but they cheered him on the way out.
“They loved him, especially the Mackem Mexican moniker. Lee likes to fight, I’ve said before he was born for this, he lives and breathes the sport.
“When I signed him I said that he had, for the want of a better word, spite, and that’s something you can’t put in a fighter.”