Three words that should never appear in the same sentence: children, cage, fighting. Yet a film has surfaced on YouTube showing an all-ticket crowd inside Greenlands Labour Club, Preston, watching two kids (thought to be only eight) forced to fight inside a cage. Between rounds, scantily clad models paraded around the ring. The organisers claim the kids in these bouts (some of whom are as young as five) ‘know what they are letting themselves in for’. It’s probably more a case of they know what they’d be letting themselves in for if they backed out. You wonder if the fight organisers took their inspiration from that harrowing YouTube footage of intellectually-challenged parents goading their kids into trading punches with one another.
The NSPCC may have labelled cage fighting children ‘disturbing’. The trouble is, many people buy tickets for these events. They don't see any harm in children being forced to square up to rivals for adult amusement. And while there have been sobbing between bouts, unlike dogs or cockerels, no-one has actually died yet. If there's a market for this 'sport', it won't stop. 10 years from now it’ll be on satellite TV.