Asian cage-fighter strikes blow for region’s women

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AFP – Gulf News – Tuesday, 08 October 2013 (originally published 04 Oct)

Sherilyn Lim training in the ring

Mixed martial artist Sherilyn Lim trains at a gymnasium in Singapore. Lim is training up to seven hours a day ahead of her debut in mixed martial arts (MMA), or cage-fighting. She will take on another Asian debutante, Malaysia’s Ann ‘Athena’ Osman, in Singapore on October 18 in a One Fighting Championship. Image: AFP

Singapore: A young Singaporean is hoping her fast hands and feet can strike a blow for Asian women when she joins the region’s tiny ranks of female cage-fighters next month.

Sherilyn Lim is polite and pretty but beyond that, the stereotypes crumble as the 23-year-old sweats through a tough routine in a small, downtown gym.

Anything-goes displays of kicking, punching and wrestling between two combatants locked in a cage is certainly not a traditional pursuit for Asian women . . .

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