Made4TheCage 22: Rivals looks set to be one of the biggest in the company’s history so far, with the North East fight promotion taking their show to the Liverpool Olympia.

However, due to extenuating circumstances, the card date has had to be postponed for a week. Meaning the card will now take place on the 1st October.

I caught up with Dale Percival, co-founder of the promotion who gave us the reasons behind the change: ‘That weekend we knew it was the labour conference party which is a huge thing can’t really get around that but the only thing that was going to stop us was if Liverpool were at home, as luck has had it on the 24th they’re at home to Hull so we’re having to put the dates back to the 1st October.’

‘This is for the people coming down to the event, our contacts down there say it’s almost impossible to get a room and for fans to travel. There have been no problems with the fighters with the change of event times so the likes of Chris Douglass and Aaron Chalmers will still be on the card.’

‘We are also looking to match up dual weight champion Shaj ‘Superman’ Haque against a top European opponent!’

The Liverpool card is a huge moment for the fight promotion and boasts only good things ahead for Percival and business partner Steven Scott but it does hold challenges: ‘It’s stepping out of our comfort zone, hopefully it’s the start of a brand new stage for us. After the last event and speaking to people like Ian Freeman, lads who I respect massively, they were all saying we’re now one of the top shows in the UK and we’d like to agree with that.’

The news comes off the back of a hugely successful 21st card for the promotion last weekend, which saw challenger John Maguire defeat local hero Colin Fletcher in a 3-round war.
Percival also gave huge news regarding Made4TheCage23, which will be called ‘Warriors’ and indicated possible fights that he wants to put on for the fans: ‘We’ve just matched up Carl Booth, who fought on the last show. He’s got very good knockout power; he’s big, athletic, and powerful. He’s the prototype fighter for the modern era he really is.

‘We’ve just matched him with British Welterweight Champion Matt Inman, who beat Tommy Quinn in the 2015 Fight of the Year in November. Huge fight, especially for Carl who could make a huge mark in the UK rankings.

For all those who missed Carl last weekend see his fight below:


‘Also we’ve just matched up Dean Trueman, who’s our current British Featherweight Champion. We’ve matched him up with local lad Luke Ord in what is a crazy fight.

‘Dean obviously trains under Jimmy Wallhead so he’s always a threat and Luke’s coming off his first loss so expect the best of Ord to come out as he’ll want to bounce straight back into the win column.’

Percival has also made a huge fight in the UAR Featherweight rankings with Charlie ‘Boy’ Howard taking on Spartan Gym’s Lewis Garside in what should be a true classic!

So a lot to look forward to in the UK scene in the second half of the year in what promises to be two huge cards!