Thai female boxing champ paroled from prison

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Female boxing champion Samson Sor Siriporn was released on parole from prison Pathum Thani, Thailand today, after serving five years of a seven-year term on a drug conviction. She will live at the residence of the director of the Women's Rehabilitation Center.

The 24-year-old Thai woman won the WBC world flyweight title in a special match in prison in April, defeating Ayaka Miyano of Japan, and creating a media sensation. She is due to defend her title next month.

"Thanks for those who supported a convict like me," Siriporn was quoted as saying at a press conference. "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."