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babo78
3/14/2007 11:03am,
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070314/od_nm/boxing_thailand_prison_dc;_ylt=AvTzBrOBKSsQC7Mqef5 N_tDMWM0F

"By Martin Petty

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (Reuters) - When convicted Thai drugs dealer Samson Sor Siriporn enters the ring at the notorious "Bangkok Hilton" prison next month, her freedom as well as a world title will be on the line.

Jailed seven years ago for selling "ya ba" (crazy drug) methamphetamine pills, the 24-year-old prison pugilist could be released on parole three years early as a reward for winning the WBC light-flyweight title.

Siriporn, who will face Japan's Ayaka Miyano, says she took up boxing two years ago to forget her criminal past. She dreams of winning her freedom and opening a small shop in her home province of Lop Buri.

"I regret what I did and the pain I caused for my family, and I want to have a normal life again," she told Reuters, her face dripping with sweat after a fierce sparring session at the Women's Correctional Institute in Patham Thani, north of Bangkok.

"When I heard I may have a chance at freedom it made me even more determined to win this fight."

Siriporn's boxing prowess has earned her special treatment behind bars. While other inmates stitch garments and sacks in the sweltering heat, Siriporn spars with her coach or lifts weights in the prison courtyard.

Her diet is high in protein, carbohydrates and essential nutrients, and she sleeps in a spacious room with a handful of other privileged inmates.

A FIGHTING CHANCE

But there is little jealousy from other prisoners.

Siriporn's sparring sessions provide rare entertainment in a place where there are no televisions and music is rarely heard.

Dressed in washed-out orange fatigues, fellow inmates line up behind rusty wire fences and cheer excitedly with every punch.

"It's not so tough here because everyone is supporting me," says Siriporn, who admits her ability to fight has changed the way people see her.

"I knew it was important for me to know how to defend myself here," she says. "I had some trouble with other inmates before, but not since I took up boxing."

Regional corrections department chief Preeda Nilsiri says Siriporn is a model prisoner and has taken the unusual step of offering to reward an inmate for fighting.

"If she becomes champion, the World Boxing Council will want her to fight overseas," Preeda told Reuters on Tuesday.

"If that happens, we will look at a conditional release from prison and she can go home."

WBC Vice President Kovit Bhakdibhumi says his organization is fully behind Siriporn's bid for freedom.

"We want to show people can make good of their lives, no matter what they did in the past," he said.

"She is a good fighter, she's trained hard for this, and she deserves a chance."

babo78
4/03/2007 1:22pm,
The Thai woman prisoner clinched world title in boxing...which world title I have no idea...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6523249.stm


Thai prisoner boxes for freedom

Siriporn's victory could see her walk free three years early
A female Thai prisoner has boosted her chances of freedom by winning the world light flyweight boxing title.
Samson Sor Siriporn, a convicted drug dealer, beat Japan's Ayaka Miyano in a bout staged at the mixed Klong Prem jail, known as the "Bangkok Hilton".

Watched by dozens of prison staff, Siriporn won on points after 10 rounds in the ring, kick-starting parole proceedings for her early release.

The 24-year-old took up boxing to protect herself from violent inmates.

"I'm so happy with the way I performed today. I'm very proud. I've been in jail for a long time now, I hope this will see me released early," said Siriporn after the fight.

"When I'm free I'll carry on fighting. I want to fight all over the world."

'Changed woman'

The match took place in a makeshift ring in the grounds of the Klong Prem prison, in front of a crowd of about 700 people, including a few prison inmates.


Siriporn was jailed for selling methamphetamine pills
Transvestites released from their cells for the event paraded in high heels around the ring with placards.

Siriporn, serving a 10-year sentence for selling small amounts of drugs, dominated the fight, taking the World Boxing Council title 97-93, 98-92, 100-91.

A Thai corrections department official said the parole process would start immediately.

"I think it's very likely she will be released as a result of this victory, maybe in a couple of months. We gave her a chance to show us her talent, and she has done that," said Natti Jitsawang.

"She is a changed woman, and now she has the chance to be free and fight around the world."

Organisers believe the win makes Siriporn the first inmate to clinch a world title in prison.

Torakaka
4/03/2007 1:55pm,
man, if I was fighting someone who was fighting for a chance to get out of prison I'd have a hard time giving my all. If I'm fighting for a belt and their fighting for freedom, they have a lot more to lose than I do.

From Bell2Bell
4/03/2007 2:41pm,
Hell, I'd be tempted to take a dive just to make a political statement about the need for decriminalization and legalization.

new2bjj
4/03/2007 4:22pm,
De-Criminalizing Meth? Do you think drug dealers sell drugs to enhance personal freedom? Drug dealers sell drugs to make a profit, as they are illegal, the risk/profit is high. She took the risk, and well, got caught. If she was selling some weed out of her backyard, that would be one thing, even some 'shrooms. But drug dealers shoot each other, and those caught in the crossfire, over turf all the time, so that they can PROFIT. They don't care if you steal from your friends or as my step brother did- relatives, to pay for the drugs, as long as they get paid. The first time is always for free, however.

From Bell2Bell
4/03/2007 4:47pm,
De-Criminalizing Meth? Do you think drug dealers sell drugs to enhance personal freedom? Drug dealers sell drugs to make a profit, as they are illegal, the risk/profit is high. She took the risk, and well, got caught.

Yes of course, this is all very obvious. Of course, if you decriminalize or better let legalize it the profit margin will plummet. The law is needlessly providing the criminal element with a way to get rich.




But drug dealers shoot each other, and those caught in the crossfire, over turf all the time, so that they can PROFIT. They don't care if you steal from your friends or as my step brother did- relatives, to pay for the drugs, as long as they get paid.

All the more reason to legalize it. Do you know when the last time two liquor dealers shot it out over a turf war was? It was during the prohibition. Now they don't kill each other because it's legal, and they're tax paying citizens like the rest of us.

Ryno
4/03/2007 5:14pm,
I've got several friends who really caused themselves some trouble by getting into meth. This wasn't legal trouble, just lifestyle and psychological trouble. I'd hate to think how many people would get really screwed up if it were legal.

Anna Kovacs
4/03/2007 6:31pm,
Take it to sociocide :P

PizDoff
4/03/2007 6:39pm,
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Prisoner fights her way to freedom?

Tue Apr 3, 10:34 AM

By Martin Petty

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai inmate Samson Sor Siriporn boosted her chances of freedom by beating Japan's Ayaka Miyano to win the vacant women's WBC light-flyweight title at the notorious "Bangkok Hilton" prison Tuesday.

Under the gaze of dozens of prison guards, Siriporn, a convicted drugs dealer, battled through the unforgiving Thai heat to score a unanimous points victory and kick-start parole proceedings for her early release.

"I've been in jail for a long time now, I hope this will see me released early," said Siriporn, flanked by mean-looking guards and surrounded by photographers.

"When I'm free I'll carry on fighting. I want to fight all over the world."

Fighting in a makeshift ring in the grounds of the infamous Klong Prem prison with the Thai crowd chanting "fight, fight," Siriporn was on the attack from the start and repeatedly forced Miyano on to the ropes with a barrage of punches.

The intense afternoon heat took its toll on Miyano, who twice fell to the canvas as a result of Siriporn's relentless attacks, which drew rapturous applause from the few thousand prison staff, factory workers and taxi drivers who flocked to see her fight for freedom.

TRANSVESTITES PARADE

Siriporn's sparring partners also watched the fight, while glamorous transvestites in high heels and skimpy outfits were allowed out of their cells to parade around the ring with placards at the beginning of each round.

Siriporn fended off a brief fightback in the penultimate round to outpoint her opponent 97-93, 98-92, 100-91 and become the first prisoner to win a world boxing title.

"I'm so happy with the way I performed today," she said. "I'm very proud."

Siriporn, 24, was jailed seven years ago for selling "ya ba" methamphetamine pills and took up boxing to pass the time and to protect herself from violent inmates.

Thai corrections department chief Natti Jitsawang said Siriporn's criminal days were over and her victory would likely see her freed three years early.

"We will start the process for her parole immediately," Natti told reporters just moments after the fight.

"I think it's very likely she will be released as a result of this victory, maybe in a couple of months. We gave her a chance to show us her talent, and she has done that.

He added: "She is a changed woman, and now she has the chance to be free and fight around the world."

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070403/odds/odd_boxing_thailand_prison1_dc

babo78
6/13/2007 3:29pm,
Its official, becoming champ gave her get out of jail card.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070613/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_boxing_thailand_prison;_ylt=AksEDl0sZ.gYz 9lk.5WqHALtiBIF

"PATHUM THANI, Thailand (Reuters) - Convicted Thai drug dealer Samson Sor Siriporn walked out of prison three years early on Wednesday as a reward for winning the WBC light-flyweight title earlier this year.

The 24-year-old bid farewell to fellow inmates before emptying her locker and walking out through the vast iron prison gates, which clanked closed behind her.

"This is a dream come true," she said, beaming at the dozens of reporters who had turned up at the Women's Correctional Institute in Pathum Thani, 50 kilometres north of Bangkok, to see her released.

Siriporn plans to defend her title, and although she is free to return home, she will live and train in the grounds of the same prison where she has spent the last seven years locked up.

Siriporn's grandmother, her only living relative, was not there to see her release, but Siriporn said they would meet next week when she visits her home town in Lop Buri, central Thailand.

Jailed at the age of 17 for 10 years for selling "ya ba" (crazy drug) methamphetamine pills, Siriporn took up boxing to pass the time and to protect herself from violent inmates.

She scored a unanimous points victory over Japan's Ayaka Miyano in a makeshift ring on the grounds of the infamous "Bangkok Hilton" prison in April to win the vacant women's WBC title, a victory that kick-started parole proceedings for her early release."

CanucKyokushin
6/14/2007 6:12pm,
Thai female boxing champion released from jail after winning world title.


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thailand's first female boxing world champion was released from jail Wednesday as reward for winning the world light-flyweight title.




Siriporn Thaweesuk was released on parole from the women's prison in Pathum Thani province, 35 kilometres north of Bangkok, three years before the end of her seven-year sentence for selling amphetamines.

Siriporn - or Samson Sor Siriporn as she is known in the ring - defeated Japan's Ayaka Miyano for the title in a prison yard bout in April amid cheers from other inmates and prison guards.

The decision by prison authorities to grant her parole for winning the title was not without controversy, but the boxing champion shrugged off the criticism as she left prison.

"Thanks for those who supported a convict like me," Siriporn said at a news conference after her release. "Some may not agree but I don't care. I am happy that there are people willing to support me. I like to thank all the officials as well."

A first-time offender, Siriporn grew up in a poor family in the Thai capital of Bangkok, where her family made a living by selling clothes on the roadside.

After her release, Siriporn will continue to train on the prison grounds and live in a house provided by the prison authorities in a nearby compound. She will be required to report to the director of the women's prison once a month.

The victory was her first since losing the WBC straw-weight title to Japan's Nanako Kikuchi last year.

Siriporn's first bout to defend her title is set for late July






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Thaiboxerken
6/14/2007 6:17pm,
That's just ridiculous. 7 years for a first time offense? Winning fights to get out of prison early? Thailand judicial system sucks.