Made4TheCage 15: Bad Blood Preview

Image of cage fence, Made4TheCage

On November 29th Made4TheCage will be presenting ‘Made4TheCage 15: Bad Blood’, live from the Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton Le Spring.</strong>

Topping the bill is a titanic tussle for the British Heavyweight Title, as defending champion James Mulheron (6-0) takes on challenger Dayman Lake (6-3).

Elsewhere on the card North East fighters Paul Cook, Steve Watson and Tim Close are set to throw down in a card packed with close, competitive fights.

Made 4 The Cage Co-Founder and Promoter Steven Scott sat down to discuss the card, the fighters and what fans can expect from the show:

“I think all the cards we put on are the best, especially around here in the North of England because we try and match the fighters up with the best fights, and here we have a really strong card.

“Nobody wants to give anything away and there’s a lot a stake in every single fight.

The bout fans will likely be most excited for is the Main Event for the British Heavyweight Title.

South Shields’ James Mulheron has risen to the top end of the British Heavyweight rankings over the last few years, building his reputation with Made 4 The Cage, taking out several top domestic fighters.

On November 29th he’ll be looking to successfully defend his British Title, remain undefeated and pick up his third win of the year against Kent’s Dayman Lake.

Scott was full of praise for Mulheron, who he’s seen rise from the bottom of the Made 4 the Cage card, straight to the Main Event:

“It’s starting to get more difficult to speak about James’ fights because every fight he has seems to be a bigger fight, and everyone we’ve put him up against he’s beaten.

“We’ve seen James come from the very first fight on the card, right up to the top,” he said.

On the fight with Lake, and other future domestic bouts, it’s clear that James is now the hunted, rather than the hunter:

“Obviously people will be starting to do their homework on James and it’ll be no different with Dayman Lake.”

“People are now coming to fight James at Made 4 The Cage for his titles and of course they want to beat him,” he added.

Naturally, due to James’ success, there have been questions about the UFC. Steven believes that if that is his ambition he’ll achieve it:

“Those talks have been around for the last three fights now.

“I wish him all the best if that’s what his goal is, he seems to be on the right path if that’s what he wants to do.”

On the fight itself Scott expects Mulheron to put on a show for the fans in attendance:

“It’ll be an exciting fight, James likes to put on a bit of a show using a lot of head movement, boxing and leg kicks, letting off big combo’s for the crowd.”

Despite his impressive stand up, the fight may provide an opportunity for ‘The Juggernaut’ to show off his grappling skills, with Lake boasting a good top game:

“If he’s taken to the floor he’s more than competent with any opponent,”said Scott of Mulheron, whose been training his wrestling ahead of the clash.

No matter where the fight ends up though, it should be an exciting high calibre matchup between two of the country’s best big men, and one that’s sure to send the fans home satisfied:

“Any fight that involves the juggernaut is a good fight” Scott added.

Moving down the card the Co-Main event is a Lightweight battle between South Shields’ Paul ‘Cookie’ Cook (14-5-0) and Northern Ireland’s Ali ‘Insane’ Maclean (13-7-1).

“Both of them have a lot of experience between them so I’m looking forward to another good fight,” said Scott.

Whilst both fighters have spent a lot of time in the cage, don’t expect this one to go to the scorecards:

“Paul is definitely a finisher who is not going in there to get his hands raised on a point’s decision, and if that’s what Ali is about then it’s going to be a great fight.”

The event also sees the return of Sunderland Middleweight Steve Watson (4-2-0), who takes on Manchester’s Avi Jack (7-3-0).

A big middleweight with a strong and slick grappling game, Watson will be looking to bounce back from his last two losses against the dangerous Jack.

The fight however that Steven is most looking forward too is the clash between unbeaten welterweight prospects Graham Langley (4-0-0) and Chris Thirkwell (3-0-0):

“One of the standout fights for me is Grahame Langley and Chris Thirkwell, that’s a mouth-watering fight.”

Both fighters are unbeaten, well respected and relatively fresh in their careers.

Something will have to give however when they meet inside the cage:

“Graham has a reputation which I’ve seen; he has a good hand on him.

“Chris Thirkwell is a brilliant dedicated professional athlete who always gives it 100% in the gym.

“Whoever wins this fight will be keeping their record, and it’ll give them confidence to move up and take on another tough opponent.”

Despite the high profile clashes on the night, Steven was also keen to stress the importance of the undercard, and how being on a show of this calibre can benefit a fighter’s career:

“With these fighters I’d like to think they’d want to be on a card like this.

“I’d want to be on a card with James Mulheron and other top rank fighters above me,” he said, singling out Galip Koch and Jamie Jones as fighters to ‘keep an eye on’.

“Fans can always expect a brilliant show, a really good atmosphere, good fights and the general Made 4 The Cage buzz,” he added.

Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased here – http://www.made4thecage.co.uk/tickets/