Liam Gould has been ironing out the creases of his game in training to reach the next level.
He’s set for further action at Dudley Town Hall when fight night arrives there on Friday March 17, hosted by BCB Promotions. Top of the bill sees Ijaz Ahmed take on Marcel Braithwaite for the British Super Flyweight Title.
Gould, from Coseley, already has two points successes under his belt, since turning pro in October of last year, and both were whitewashes.
He turned over with a victory over MJ Hall, before repeating the trick against George Rogers in December. Both were by 40-36 score-lines, after the four-round distance was completed.
The 24-year-old felt like he’d been spoiled by Rogers, though, and rated his performance against Hall as the better of the two displays.
Gould has been rectifying his tactics since, both in the gym and sparring with quality opponents, such as Midlands champion and English title challenger Conah Walker.
Boxing is a family affair for him, with his uncle Jimmy Gould, of a fighting pedigree himself, training him at Gymmies Fitness & Boxing gym, in Tipton.
Liam racked up 19 victories from 37 amateur bouts, representing William Perry Boxing Club in Tipton, with Jimmy amassing over 100 amateur outings and boxing for England.
The punching pipe-fitter is keeping the name alive in a pro boxing ring and now looks to make it a hat-trick of paid victories, with improvements being made.
He said: “I’ve done a few rounds with Conah (Walker) and he’s the most experienced sparring partner that I’ve had. He’s tough and relentless, so it’s been perfect preparation.
“I’ve more of a range boxer, so it’s brought me on trying to keep him off. We’ve done six rounds twice. Another time, I did three with him and the same with Oli Cassidy, straight after.
“I’ve sparred with Oli (now a 6-0 pro) before, when we were both teenagers, but we’ve come on a lot since then. It’s all styles and things to think about.
“All of my training has been ramped up and I’ve been hard it since the new year. I was told on the night (December 22), of my last fight, that I’d be out again in March, which was ideal.
“I had George Rogers, that time, and he was a bit negative. He didn’t want to engage and was tough to break down, because he was on the run so much.
“He was on the ropes a lot and most times, when I got in close, he tied me up. I was a bit frustrated with it, but it was still a comfortable win.
“I did hurt him, in the second round. I caught him with a counter right hand and that really wobbled him. I rushed in and smothered my work, so we’ve been working on that in the gym.
“I’m still learning and that’s what it’s all about, a this stage. Every time I spar, I’m doing better than I did the previous time, so I’m happy with the process.”
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