Thai world champ out of jail

Thai world champ out of jail

BANGKOK – Thai world boxing champ and convicted drugs dealer Siriporn Taweesuk walked out of jail in tears yesterday after securing early release for winning her title from behind bars.

The 24-year-old, better known by her stage name ‘Samson’, made a final walk through the prison’s grounds behind high-security walls to say farewell to her 1,245 fellow inmates. “I couldn’t sleep at all last night,” she told reporters.”I feel reborn today.”Siriporn has served more than six years of her 10-year sentence for selling small amounts of narcotics.She won early release in April when she beat Japan’s Ayaka Miyano to clinch the World Boxing Council (WBC) female light flyweight title.Prison authorities agreed to let her out early provided she reports to a parole officer every month until January 2009.She will not be moving far away.Siriporn will now become a trainer for 27 boxers at the Women’s Correctional Institute for Drug Addicts and will live in the warden’s residence just beyond its walls on the outskirts of Bangkok.”She is free to go anywhere without telling anyone,” Thai prisons boss Nathee Chitsawang told reporters.Siriporn said she was nervous about going into the capital, which has seen dramatic changes with a building boom in recent years.”I know Bangkok has changed a lot and there are many experiences that I’ve missed out on, including taking the SkyTrain,” she said, referring to the new light rail system.She said she hopes to box for as long as she can, and then later to open a small restaurant.She is expected to stage her first defence of the title in Thailand as early as July, WBC representative Choowong Toomkit said.”I know being champion is difficult, but what more difficult is defending it,” she said.Nampa-AFP”I couldn’t sleep at all last night,” she told reporters.”I feel reborn today.”Siriporn has served more than six years of her 10-year sentence for selling small amounts of narcotics.She won early release in April when she beat Japan’s Ayaka Miyano to clinch the World Boxing Council (WBC) female light flyweight title.Prison authorities agreed to let her out early provided she reports to a parole officer every month until January 2009.She will not be moving far away.Siriporn will now become a trainer for 27 boxers at the Women’s Correctional Institute for Drug Addicts and will live in the warden’s residence just beyond its walls on the outskirts of Bangkok.”She is free to go anywhere without telling anyone,” Thai prisons boss Nathee Chitsawang told reporters.Siriporn said she was nervous about going into the capital, which has seen dramatic changes with a building boom in recent years.”I know Bangkok has changed a lot and there are many experiences that I’ve missed out on, including taking the SkyTrain,” she said, referring to the new light rail system.She said she hopes to box for as long as she can, and then later to open a small restaurant.She is expected to stage her first defence of the title in Thailand as early as July, WBC representative Choowong Toomkit said.”I know being champion is difficult, but what more difficult is defending it,” she said.Nampa-AFP

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