The Black Rose Rises

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: April 6, 2008

CALIFORNIASiriporn Thaweesuk is a fortunate woman. She has seen and lived the remorseful part of life behind Thai Government Prison. Trying to help her family escape poverty, now she will hopefully experience the wonderful side of life.

Two movies are about to be release in a few years about the female also known as Thai Samson, this will make this special person famous. Her life story has already been documented on Singaporean television. It will be made into a movie by a Thai film company and a Discovery Channel documentary.

Thai Film producer, Pichai Noirod, who himself was a convicted drug felon and incarcerated in Bang Kwang Prison for 19 years, said because of that experience he understood prisoners’ feelings.

He wanted to make a film about Siriporn’s life so that people would understand and accept that convicts can change their way of life and reward society. Pichai said the movie would be funded by a 20 million budget Thai Baht (Dollars)

The many Investors include the famous Thai movie villain, Krung Sriwilai.

Pichai stated that Siriporn would be paid 100, 000 Thai Baht (dollars) for her story and another 100,000 for starring in the movie. The film should be released late this year or early next year, he added. It will be in the Thai language with different sub-titles will be for the varies countries in Asia.

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The future has gotten so much brighter for Siriporn. American Film Company in Los Angeles also wants to document her story in English for 10,000 U.S. Dollars. She will receive more funds if the American public buys movie tickets next year.

She can now purchase and become the owner the food stand and court restaurant that she always dream of. This is the reason why she was selling drugs to raise money to accomplish this feat.

The Grayline published an article boxing and prison last year. It was about this courageous Thai woman and she has truly overcome.

Boxing and Prison

There seems to be a connection between boxers and prison bars. Various boxing champions are either going to or coming out of jail. It seems to define the complexity of this unique sport. In spite of the fact that boxing has a short history in America.

What a disturbing repetitive factor. From the very first African American heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson (1908) to Iron Mike Tyson (1998) boxers have been arrested and in some cases been incarcerated. Even boxing promoter Don King, who became a multi millionaire through boxing, was arrested for an alleged murder in the 1970’s.

On numerous occasions he stated, “only in America” while waving his little American Flag. The connection between boxing and prison is astounding. There are those who surrender to the system while others overcome their sentence.

Poor men and women of color contently participate in this rough sport. It generates an income which elevates their economic status or provides an escape from their lengthy prison sentence.

They savor the applauses and attention from their home town and home country. It does not matter how they have behaved in society as long as they are victorious in the ring.

This unique phenomenon is not confined to the United States, it has also occurred in England. Many African Americans (former slaves) went back to England to escape American oppression but ended up in poverty.

Today, ethnic minorities climb into the ring with the soul intent to elevate their status in socially economic society. The boxing ring seems to be a temporary answer.

Last summer in Southeast Asia, a feisty Thai woman was granted release from prison if she were to win the flyweight title. With her strong will and determination she gained weight and tried the heavier light flyweight division.

Siriporn Thaweesuk of Bangkok, Thailand became the first Thai female to win the world’s light-flyweight title. She did not let the opportunity for freedom slip through her fingers.

This 80-pound tiger, also known as Samson Sor Siriporn or the Black Rose defeated Japan’s champion, Ayaka Miyano. Because of this victory Siriporn is now Thailand’s new heroine.

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Thaweesuk was a very young woman who supported her family with only her clothing stand. This was not enough to feed her family. She acquired money by selling street drugs (methamphetamines); this illegal act landed her in Thai State Prison, Klong Prem Prison also known as Bangkok Hilton, the most famous woman’s correctional center in Thailand.

African American boxers likewise support their family and friends with their earnings and winnings in the ring. Some of these famous boxers get into legal trouble and some make this awful experience a learning tool for their future.

The 27-year-old Siriporn did not let this temporary roadblock stop her. She just made a short detour in life and gained strength from this distasteful experience. She started heavy training in the prison’s weight room months after she was sentenced to a ten year prison term.

She won the world bout and the sentence was reduced to one year probation if she stayed at the prison. This training has also prepared her for life after prison with the discipline of her boxing regiment. Also with the infusion of the life’s psychological lessons of Thai culture Siriporn turned around.

The parole board granted her freedom after her prison fight victory. While on probation she will continue to train near the facilities outside of the prison. Siriporn already has one American fan — me.

Her positive attitude and beautiful infectious smile just tells the world that she is now on the correct path of life. Boxing and prison can be a horrible combination but strong willed individuals like Ms. Thaweesuk can and do overcome.