|(NOV 10) There was a
fight that occurred at the Klong Luang Prison, Pathumthanee, Thailand on
November 5, 2005. The contestants to fight---Nananko Kikuchi of Japan
vs. Thailand’s Nongmai Sor Siriporn, who was making her pro debut.
Siriporn displaying the heart of a tiger,
AND for not ever fighting in a sanctioned boxing bout, did quite well to
last seven rounds with a seasoned boxer, as Kikuchi.
But, let me ask you....If you were a person who was fulfilling a
prison sentence, and someone said to you, that you would get a
"Get Out of Jail for Free Card" IF you won a fight....how well would YOU
fight to gain your freedom?
In many news sources, it states that this was somehow a "bargain chip"
for Siriporn to shorten her prison sentence---IF SHE WON.
I can only imagine the sleepless nights
Siriporn must have had in that lonely Thai Prison
cell...thinking...hmmm...If I win--I get out...Ah...I lose, I stay
longer." Personally...they would have had to of put me out with
"knockout" pills to get me to fall asleep with that kind of dilemma
facing me in life.
Another perplexing issue....The WBC stated that Siriporn was ranked #3
in the last two months (Oct-Nov) of their ratings---the ratings prior to
those ratings (Aug-Sept), she was not even on the board. (WBAN
has these ratings archived as they were posted on the WBC).
Another issue...Siriporn was
reported to have had eight pro bouts, winning all of them. But NO
ONE, and I mean NO ONE has any record of those sanctioned boxing
bouts-except some emailed list sent out by an affiliate of the WBC.
WBAN went up and beyond the call of duty
to find one shred of documentation on Siriporn with absolutely no
But, all was solved on November 5th, when out of the mouth of
babes....Siriporn confirms what everyone suspected.
THIS WAS SIRIPORN'S FIRST PRO BOXING
MATCH. Siriporn stated to the news media the following, "She
was better and stronger. Her right was hard. This was only my first
professional fight. I need more experience to become a better boxer."
It was said from Prison authorities that Siriporn could be a role model
for other prisoners...and as far as WBAN is concerned--she is.
Not only has she dedicated herself to
getting physically fit and to set goals for herself, facing her
addiction to drugs, having a successful recovery from that addiction,
and last but not least, she has a virtue that CANNOT go un-noticed.
SIRIPORN IS honest.
She told the truth, when others gave a
wrath of BS about her background.
Of what has been reported to WBAN thus
far, Siriporn has the potential to be a very good boxer. She has the
heart and guts of a boxer---and WBAN wishes her well in her endeavor to
become a champion in the future.
QUOTES AROUND THE NET ABOUT THIS BOUT:
"A convicted Thai drug dealer lost her bid for the WBC strawweight
title — and the chance to get out of prison more than a year ahead of
schedule." Associated Press (WBAN's
Comment: Yeah, a "convicted Thai Drug Dealer" who is the only one
who seems to be able to tell the truth about her "own" boxing record.)
"Authorities also acknowledged Monday's match was a chance to portray
the country's prison system in a positive light and counter widespread
perceptions that Thai jails are overcrowded and dangerous."
"Through boxing she was able to overcome her addiction and she sees
this as a second chance in life," said the WBC's Patrick Cusick. "For
her, this is a big, big break into her life. I mean, this is a real
Rocky story." Associated Press (WBAN's
Comment: This is not a "Rocky Story" because the "make believe" Rocky
had been portrayed as a boxer when he fought for a "make believe"
world title bout---not a pro debuter fighting in a REAL world title
"Prison and WBC officials said she could serve as model for other
prisoners struggling with drug problems, which often include addiction.
A majority of the country's 230,000 prisoners have been convicted for
drug offences." Associated Press (WBAN's
Comment: Agreed 100%)
"She has 14 months left on her six-year sentence for drug dealing,
but prison officials had promised her she would be released immediately
if she won." Associated Press
(WBAN's Comment: This is simply appalling -- Thank
you Lord for allowing me the opportunity to be a United States citizen
in the U.S.A. Siriporn performed superior for not being a world class
boxer---she fulfilled her bargain---if prison authorities felt that she
was worthy to be let out if she "won" the bout, then let her out----she
did win as far as doing the best anyone could have possibly done with
these kind of odds for a pro debuter in boxing.)
"The Japanese contender expressed surprise that her victory would
keep Nongmai behind bars, saying she had been thinking only about
winning the match." Associated Press
(WBAN's Comment: Folks, how would you like THAT on your conscious that
because you won, your opponent stays in prison---what a pleasant
"Nongmai is serving a four-year sentence for a drug crime. She has
14-months left before she's paroled. This was her first professional
bout, although she had 5 previous amateur bouts (4-1)." 15 rounds
(WBAN's Comment: 15 rounds---where did you get
YOUR stats--hopefully from some unbias source. )
"Nongmai’s hopes dashed in the 7th, but she vows to fight on to
victory. Aspiring world champion Nongmai Sor Siriporn’s dream of boxing
her way to early redemption from a jail term for drug offences was
dashed yesterday when she was defeated by her Japanese opponent in the
World Boxing Council (WBC) women’s straw-weight world title bout."
NationMultimedia.com (WBAN's Comment: Pathetic)
"WBC vice president and president of the Asian Boxing Council, Police
General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, yesterday said Thailand now had several
professional boxers with great potential to grasp world titles and it
would be great to see a Thai female boxer winning a world championship."
NationMultimedia.com (WBAN's Comment: I can see it
now---more unknown boxers on the WBC ratings that no other organization
has ever heard of...wee...can't wait.)
"Sor Siriporn set the record straight after the fight though, “I
didn’t expect to win the fight but I gave my all and did the best I
could. After all, this was only my first professional fight.” Sweet
(WBAN's Comment: Thank you---Siriporn)