Tom Whitfield in good shape for Little challenge

Tom Whitfield (left) takes on Daniel Cope earlier this year. Picture by Joe Spence
Tom Whitfield (left) takes on Daniel Cope earlier this year. Picture by Joe Spence

Mal Gates is looking forward to seeing Tom Whitfield resume in the ring tomorrow night.

The unbeaten welterweight will take on Yorkshire’s Danny Little at Dunston over four rounds.

It is a welcome return for the Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare-trained boxer.

Whitfield had been scheduled to fight in Gateshead in August, only to be forced to pull out of the Steve Wraith-promoted event with an elbow problem.

But Whitfield can extend his 100 per cent run to four bouts by seeing off Little at the Lancastrian Suite tomorrow. “I’m pleased to have Tom back in the ring,” said Gates.

“I’ve seen Danny box a couple of times before, including a bout with Daniel Cope, who Tom fought earlier this year.

“He’s a good test, but I’m just looking to see Tom carry the form he has shown in training into this bout.

“He’s had some great training and sparring and looks in top shape.

“Tom is a lovely boxer and in training I’ve emphasised to him to use his jab and his boxing.

“He’s got all the skills in his repertoire and I’d like to see them.”

Whitfield is in good shape, having sparred with stablemate Lee Mould.

“Sparring with Lee is always pretty full-on – he spars like he fights,” added the South Shields trainer. “Tom’s in great shape, he’s over his injury and I’m hoping he gets a good win under his belt tomorrow night.”