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Bolivia: See strong-armed cholita beat down a CLOWN01:41

Bolivia: See strong-armed cholita beat down a CLOWN

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, El Alto
July 6, 2015 at 06:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Clad in traditional Bolivian costume with hair plaited in braids, female lucha-libre fighter and strong-armed 'cholita' Mary Llanos Saenz, took to the ring in El Alto, La Paz, Sunday.

Hundreds of tourists and locals flock to the Multifunctional Centre in El Alto each week to watch the show, in which female fighters wrestle their way to victory against their male opponents. To the delight of the cheering crowd Sanenz pulled powerful punches against this week's competitor- a man dressed as a clown.

Lucha Libre wrestling has been popular in the country for over 50 years, however was strictly limited to male fighters. Cholita fighting began to make its way onto the scene in 2001, under Bolivia's main wrestling organization Titanes del Ring, however top female wrestlers broke away from the association in 2011 to form their own independent organization.

Bolivia: See strong-armed cholita beat down a CLOWN01:41
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Clad in traditional Bolivian costume with hair plaited in braids, female lucha-libre fighter and strong-armed 'cholita' Mary Llanos Saenz, took to the ring in El Alto, La Paz, Sunday.

Hundreds of tourists and locals flock to the Multifunctional Centre in El Alto each week to watch the show, in which female fighters wrestle their way to victory against their male opponents. To the delight of the cheering crowd Sanenz pulled powerful punches against this week's competitor- a man dressed as a clown.

Lucha Libre wrestling has been popular in the country for over 50 years, however was strictly limited to male fighters. Cholita fighting began to make its way onto the scene in 2001, under Bolivia's main wrestling organization Titanes del Ring, however top female wrestlers broke away from the association in 2011 to form their own independent organization.

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