Combat sports: WLC chief Gerald Ng ready to take Lethwei to the global stage

Gerald Ng (centre) believes the World Lethwei Championship's focus on global broadcast deals and plans to move abroad will be key to its growth. PHOTO: WLC
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SINGAPORE - What do you get when you cross the rich culture and hard-hitting strikes found in Muay Thai, with the ferocity of bare-knuckle boxing? Lethwei, the Burmese martial art with roots as far back as the second century.

Known also as "the art of nine limbs" - exponents are permitted to use their fists, elbows, knees, feet and head - the sport is considered one of the most brutal forms of martial arts.

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