Thursday, March 27, 2008

Female ex-con boxing champ lands movie-rights deal

She fought a boxing match in prison, winning a world title and an early release. Now a company is looking to make her life story into a Hollywood movie, according to news reports.

Serving a 10-year sentence on a drug conviction, Siriporn Thaveesuk, won the WBC female light flyweight title in a prison match last year, and was granted a pardon and released three years early. The specially arranged bout was held in the yard of the women's prison in Pathum Thani, where Samson Sor Siriporn defeated Japan's Ayaka Miyano as prisoners and guards cheered loudly.

Women in Focus Production paid US$10,000 for Siriporn's life story, according to the Daily Xpress. She will get an additional $100,000 if Women in Focus is able to get a green light in Hollywood.

"We are now in the development process. The girl who will play Samson must have a similar passion. Studio staff in the US will cast the film. Locations will be mostly in Thailand," said Narumol Sriyanond Bartone, head of the production company.

Meanwhile, Siriporn will mount a third title defense against Japan's Kayako Ebata on April 26 in Phnom Penh.

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