World Lethwei Championship Returns With First Women's Championship


World Lethwei Championship, the main international promotion for Burmese bareknuckle boxing, returned Friday with it's first fights since the pandemic lockdown took effect, holding a history making women's championship fight in Yangon, Myanmar. The main event saw Souris Manfredi of France defeat Maisha Katz of Spain by 4th round TKO to become the first ever women's world lethwei champion claiming the WLC women's bantamweight title.

Lethwei is a traditional form of fighting in Myanmar, similar to Muay Thai but performed without gloves and with headbutts allowed. It's grown in popularity over the past year as WLC has begun televising fights internationally with matches now streamed on UFC Fight Pass and other major outlets.

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