VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (CNN NEWSOURCE/WFXR) — Even though its origins go back centuries, the combat sport of Muay Thai is not well-known in America. However, that has not stopped a teenage girl in Virginia from claiming the current title of Junior World Champion for her Thai Boxing skills.
Summer Bronco, 16, is the first American fighter to hold the World Boxing Council’s Junior Muay Thai Championship belt.
Following her birthday next month, Bronco will be eligible to fight adults, but first she has to find one willing to take her on as an opponent.
As a young woman competing in such a violent combat sport, Bronco says she hopes to serve as an inspiration to the next generation.
“I definitely want younger girls, even older women — even older than me — I want them to be inspired by what I do,” Bronco said. “And you know, the message I want to send out is that they can be able to do anything.”
That anything includes a non-traditional 17th birthday celebration, and perhaps another accessory — like another belt — will make for a great birthday present.
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