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Ladies Night Comes to the Fighting Ring With a Female Kickboxing Tournament

By Ben Fractenberg | June 12, 2010 2:17pm | Updated on June 13, 2010 9:22am

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT - The first rule of this fight club is you have to be female.

Downtown’s Muay Thai Kickboxing club brought ladies night to the fighting ring Friday with an all-female card at Friday Night Fights, at the Broad Street Ballroom.

“Ten years ago, we were lucky if we had one woman on the card,” said trainer Natalie Fuz, who said kickboxing had become a popular way to keep fit.

“People are sick of going to the gym just to do treadmill and lifting machines.”

The fight night, which was co-organized by actress Rosario Dawson, raised money for the Lower East Side Girls Club in hopes of promoting more sports activities at the organization.

Fuz hopes more women will get involved with the sport to help keep them in shape and raise their self-esteem.

 “It’s very empowering for people and women in general,” she said.

Sylvie Douglas, who was trained by Fuz, won the competition with a knee kick in the second round.

Kickboxing at the Lower East Side's Muay Thai Kickboxing.
Kickboxing at the Lower East Side's Muay Thai Kickboxing.
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