Lethwei has an ancient history in Myanmar and has been kept alive in the eastern border states of Karen and Mon. Photo: AFP

Myanmese women show fighting spirit by embracing brutal martial art of Lethwei

Lethwei fighters say their sport is the toughest member of Southeast Asia’s kickboxing family, leaving Thailand’s more famous Muay Thai in the blood-flecked dust thanks to its disdain for gloves and use of skull-cracking headbutts.

Lethwei has an ancient history in Myanmar and has been kept alive in the eastern border states of Karen and Mon. Photo: AFP
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