EFEBangkok

Eight women were chosen to knock down the ban that for 77 years has kept them from fighting in Bangkok's Rajadamnern Stadium, revered as Thailand's temple of Muay Thai.

For the first time in the history of this legendary sports venue, Thais Aida Looksaikongdin and Sit Chor, Iran's Zahra Shokoui and Argentina's Milagros Andrea Lopez will break the taboo by entering the ring to fight.

"Opening a door to a place where you thought you were never going to fight is historic. We are opening the way to a new era in this sport," said Spaniard Desiree Rovira, who will make her debut on Aug. 12 against Thailand's Somrussamee ManopGym.

The same day, Turkey's Zehra Dogan will also go head to head against local fighter Petchnamnung Fairtex. They complete the new RWS championship where fighters - divided into two groups - will clash at least three times, with the two best boxers of each group advancing to the semifinals.