Kirkham boxer Adam Little is ready to join the Fylde coast’s burgeoning and proud parade of national champions tonight.
He faces Sunderland’s Lee Mould on a dinner show at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.
And he’s hoping that by the end of the bout he will no longer feel the ‘poor relation’ among the cavalcade of elite, ring winners that the Fylde coast has produced in a golden era for the sport in this part of the country.
During the course of Little’s professional career, he has seen Brian Rose and Scott Cardle become British title winners in their division, while Matty Askin made his imprint by winning the English belt. Now Little can put himself in the spotlight in his own right with a victory over Mould in a bout for the vacant English welterweight title.
Little’s trainer Alan Levene said: “When Adam was having problems with injury, he thought time was passing him by when he saw Rose, Cardle and Askin doing so well and he was out of action.
“But his attitude is different now.”
Little has the chance to carve his own name and become a champion in his own right against a fighter who rejoices in the nickname the ‘Mexican Macken.’
The Kirkham boxer has been preparing for tonight’s bout at the Everton Red Triangle gym in Liverpool, though he has also done sessions in Manchester at Ricky Hatton’s training headquarters.
Little, nicknamed The Big Man, used to be trained by Hatton before switching to Levene, who said: “We always get the red carpet treatment when Ricky trains there.”
Mould’s trainer Mal Gates recognises the size of the task in hand.
He said: “Adam’s a good boxer and has a good jab.
“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.”
Gates believes that Mould is capable of rising to the occasion for a bout that is the biggest of the career for both boxers.
Mould’s trainer continued: “I’ve always said Lee thrives on the big fights.#
“Lee likes to fight - 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.”
There are two supporting bouts on tonight’s dinner show at the Hilton.
Russian Andrey Meryasev takes on Bradley Pryce, while another Russian David Avanesyan is scheduled to meet Dean Byrne.