"Welcome to lucha libre, freestyle wrestling with a Bolivian twist. This macho sport in this macho country, South America's most impoverished and conservative, has been flipped into an unlikely feminist phenomenon.
Indigenous women known as cholitas, physically strong from manual labour but long considered powerless and subservient, have become stars of the ring. They train like men, fight like men - and beat men.
"We have been discriminated against since the beginning for the simple fact of being women, and indigenous women at that," said Carmen Rosa, whose real name is Polonia Ana Choque. "Men used to mock us but we have come further than male fighters."
At a recent night-time bout in El Alto, an impoverished satellite city overlooking the capital, La Paz, the 38-year-old mother-of-two emerged bloodied but triumphant. The crowd applauded and young women and girls chanted: "Wom
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