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Sunderland cage fighter Lewis “The Leprechaun” Garside, 11-2-0, is the latest fighter to join the Made4thecage roster after an impressive unanimous points decision win for the UAR (Unified Amateur Rules) Featherweight title against Welshman Scott “Demkhraft” Pedersen at Made4thecage 23 Carnage.

It was announced that Lewis, who fights out of Spartan Gym in Sunderland under trainer Warren Oliver, will be managed by Made4thecage late on Saturday night.

Garisde was eager to get in the octagon after having to pull out of the fight the first time due to injury:

“I had really done my research going into this one. It was the first time I had ever had to pull out of a fight and it killed me. I knew it would be a very technical fight and, although Pederson was number one, he is still an up and comer.

“He’s hungry for fighting and has great mental strength. He’ll learn from our bout and will come back stronger. He didn’t lose, he learnt.”

For the 26-year-old, he knew the time was right to turn professional: “For me, it wasn’t just the idea of looking like a pro. It means a lot knowing that your coach feels you are the polished piece and ready to take that next step in your career.

“I decided on Made4thecage because I know Dale (Percival) looks out for his fighters and consistently does his best for them. I have a lot of time for him and he has a lot of time for me.”

Made4thecage co-owner Dale Percival told Sportsbyte: “To add Lewis to our stable of fighters is a great addition for us. We have always had a great relationship with Warren Oliver, Lewis’ head coach, and he seems to trust us with his guys.

“We manage the likes of Colin Fletcher, James Mulheron, Chris Thirkell, Paul Cook, Tim Close, Chris Douglas and a few more top guys and we have had other great fighters from Spartan in the past like Andrew Punshon and Jamie Stephenson and it’s a pleasure to now add Lewis, who is in my opinion is the best UAR Featherweight in North East/UK at the minute. He has matured a lot as a fighter the last few years and I look forward to seeing what he does on the pro scene.

“We will look to build Lewis up and maybe see what Warren (Oliver) wants to do but I feel that Lew will be a killer at 135lbs, we maybe do a catchweight at first but hopefully he will break into the 135lb division and I’m sure he will make a statement there.

“He is a strong wrestler with amazing hands and a solid jiu jitsu game so is competent anywhere the fight goes. He will certainly be one to keep an eye on in the future and glad that another top prospect has decided to trust us and I hope we can take Lewis far in the game.”

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