KENDAL boxers fought their way to the King of the Ring tournament in Sweden and have been praised for their performances.

Young boxers Jake Green, 15, and Eddie Kaye, 15, travelled to Sweden to take part in the prestigious Tournament in Borås Sweden on November 5-7.

Jake fought in the 57kg category, was a quarter finalist but was defeated on points in a highly contested bout by the eventual gold medallist Alan Dahrami, 16, from Sweden.

He said: "It was a great experience and a great atmosphere.

"I’ll learn from this, and I know I can hold my own amongst the top fighters.

"I’ll come back stronger and better next time.”

Eddie Kaye, in his debut tournament, fought in the 65kg category.

After making to the semi-finals, he was retired in the first round after taking a solid punch to the solar plexus.

The vastly more experienced winner David Julian, 16, of Sweden did not have all his own way as Eddie initially took the fight to him from the bell and caught him with some good shots of his own.

Eddie said: "He was a big lad. Had I not been hit in the solar plexus I believe I could have been more than a match for him.

"But that’s the way it goes sometimes. I’m now looking forward to my next fight, probably in January."

Chief Coach Alan Willoughby said ‘This was a well organised worldwide event with over 400 athletes contesting all weight divisions. I’m immensely proud of the two lads who have shown they can fight on any world stage.’”