Free Knowledge... From People... To People
Search by Date Myanmar Version Mobile Version
 Sport NEWS
Updated on October 6, 2018 From Myanmar Times

Looks cute outside, but brutal inside the arena

The 23-year-old beautiful lady is in strenuous training. She is looking good but she has got periorbital hematoma in her black eye due to the injury sustained during a training session. Her name is Bozhena Antoniyar, the first ever woman Mixed Martial Art fighter from Myanmar. “I’m very excited for the next fight. I’m practicing real hard. (pointing to her eye) I got this injury during my training,”Antoniyar told The Myanmar Times in Bangkok on October 2. She said she trains for at least six hours every day. The two-time Myanmar national boxing champion grew up in Loikaw, Myanmar. She is Kayan woman, a tribe known worldwide for women wearing stacks of brass rings around the neck. She used to dream of becoming a famous singer when she was a kid, but life apparently has other plans for her and she ended up becoming a professional MMA fighter. «Women always endure constant bullying that›s why I learn about martial artists. I was a boxer as well as lethwei fighter before competing in mixed martial arts. I have changed my career since last February because I think MMA has a better future for an athlete›s life,” Antoniyar said. She began boxing training at the age of 16. She moved around the country for a few years before realising her potential to become successful in the sport. She trained in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw where she did strenuous trainings for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. Antoniyar wasn’t born from a family of martial artists. “Our family has seven members. They all are leading their lives simply. I’m the only one into martial arts. My parents were against it and they even stopped me from entering in this kind of sport,” she said. “My father said it is not impossible, but added that I am too small and too short to fight. But I never give up. Now, I can prove that I can be a good fighter. They are all big fans of me now, “ she said. After all, she has worked incredibly hard to realize her childhood dream of becoming a professional athlete, a dream and a burning desire so powerful that she left school in the eleventh grade to pursue it full-time. In 2017, she began working at Transcend Gym as a boxing coach, and added grappling training to diversify her skills.

View Count : 726 | Posted by

~ Latest News ~

Top 5 fighters Sage Northcutt can face in his ONE debut
Myanmar wins Hero Gold Cup 2019, beats Nepal 3-1
Myanmar advances to Hero Gold Cup final with Nepal
Analysis of ONE lightweight quarter finals
Myanmar to meet Iran on Monday in Gold Cup
Four must-see bouts at ONE's Bangkok event
Hero Gold Cup: Women footballers leave for India
Punnya Sai aspires to compete on home soil
Myanmar’s first futsal indoor stadium to be constructed
Veteran Japanese MMA fighter joins Phoe Thaw's gym
Adriano Moraes prepares for match with Geje Eustaquio
A rising woman MMA star
Locals enjoy Rakhine traditional boat racing in Kyaukpyu
Myanmar’s men and women flex their muscles
ONE Championship announces world title bouts in Japan
Brandon Vera’s tips for better recovery
Inter Region & State Thaing C’ship 2019 to be held in Nay Pyi Taw this week
Myanmar suffers narrow loss to Qatar in football friendly
Angela Lee’s 3 tips for better stretching
Myanmar traditional Lethwei contest to be held in Toungoo
Thai club Samut Prakan City F.C. signs Myanmar star Kyaw Ko Ko
Charity Cup 2019 to kick off in Yangon on 6 Jan
Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bicycle Rally flagged off in Kawthoung
Aung La N Sang to defend title in Japan
Aung La N Sang honored with his statue in Myitkyina
Win Naing Tun named best player in Viet Nam football tourney
Fight of the decade ends in a draw
ASEAN University Games: Myanmar wins four gold, one bronze medals in karate
Dave Leduc defends MLWC belt, fight with Tun Tun Min ends in draw
I am not nervous. I am hungry, says Dave
ASEAN University Games: Myanmar grabs three gold, one silver, one bronze medals
Myanmar Wushu Team wins gold in Asean University Competition
Thet Htar Thuza secures silver medal in Nepal International Series Badminton Tournament
Myanmar secures gold medal in Wushu at 19th ASEAN University Games
Myanmar lose to Thailand in AFC U-20 Futsal qualifiers
Thai club Chonburi hires Myanmar defender Zaw Min Tun
Myanmar's next breakout star: Punnya Sai
San Naing and Phyu Wah Thet win Yangon 100Plus Active Run 2018
Yangon holds IBSF World Snooker Championship award ceremony
AFF Suzuki Cup: Team Myanmar confident ahead of match against Malaysia
More News