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Should kids be cage-fighting?

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A video of two boys - one eight years old, the other nine - wrestling at a cage-fighting event in the U.K. has prompted calls for an end to "junior fights."



The boys wrestled in front of about 200 adults at the Greenlands Labour Club in Preston, England. No punches or other strikes were allowed, and event organizers described it as a demonstration, not a competition. No winner was declared in the fight.

The original video was posted to YouTube by Sharefight, the company that filmed the event, but has since been taken down at the request of the boys' parents.

Much of the criticism of the event focused on the boys' lack of head gear or other protective equipment, as well as the fact that the event was promoted and held for the entertainment of the crowd.

"Getting more young people doing sport is great but I do ask myself whether it really does have to be in a cage," said U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a BBC interview.

A spokesman for Sharefight said people were reacting to the stereotype of cage-fighting. "What took place was safer than what happens in judo clubs and rugby training grounds up and down the country," he said.

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