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Siriporn Thaweesuk aka Samson Tor Buamas

Thai junior flyweight Siriporn Thaweesuk (aka Samson Tor Buamas, aka Samson Sor Siriporn, aka the Black Rose) was born on April 26, 1983 in Lop Buri, Thailand. Her entry into the world of boxing came at age 16 in the Pathum Thani prison where she was serving a ten-year sentence for selling methamphetamines while trying to support her impoverished family by operating a roadside clothes stand. Thailand's crowded prisons had instituted a variety of stress-relief programs for female inmates, including meditation, laughing contests, and soccer as well as Muay Thai kickboxing and boxing schools.  Siriporn took up boxing and weight training to help her protect herself from other inmates.

On November 7, 2005 at the Klong Luang Prison in Pathum Thani, Thailand, Siriporn Thaweesuk won a four-round unanimous decision over Maneeni Por Sirisuek in a bout held in an outdoor arena next to where the inmates were being held.  

On the same card Nanako Kikuchi (105 lbs) of Tokyo, Japan defeated her fellow inmate Wannee Chaisena (aka "Nongmai Sor Siriporn", 104 lbs) for the WBC World Straw-weight title by a seventh-round TKO.  Chaisena was serving a four-and-a-half year prison term for dealing methamphetamines, but had also been in the prison boxing program and had been promised consideration for parole if she won the world title. The WBC had agreed to stage some world title fights in the prisons as a way to contribute to the rehabilitation of the incarcerated Thais. 

On December 5, 2005 at Ampher Muang in Pathum Thani, Thailand, she lost a four-round unanimous decision to Loopla Sakmontri.

On January 14, 2006 at the Airforce Officer Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, she won a four-round unanimous decision over Pornsanan Por Burabha.

On January 30, 2006 at Taladthai Market in Pathum Thani, she TKO'd Rungfah Sithpavan at 1:42 in the first round of a scheduled six.

On March 10, 2006 at Rachabhak University in Petchaburi, Thailand, she won a six-round unanimous decision over Maliwan Pathompothong.

On March 20, 2006 at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Nonthaburi, Thailand, she TKO'd Jinda Sor Amomprakam in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder.

Kikuchi vs ThaweesukOn May 10, 2006 at the high security Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok, Thailand, Nanako Kikuchi retained the WBC straw-weight title with a ten-round unanimous (97-93,96-94,96-94) decision over Siriporn.  Referee Bruce McTavish of New Zealand praised the unusual proceedings, saying "The WBC title fight in prison is unique and I think it is great to give people in jail a chance to have some career and job to do after they are released."   Kikuchi improved to 7-1-1 (1 KO) with the win.  

Thaweesuk had been told that if she won the title she could be freed from the prison so that she could travel to defend it. After the fight, Siriporn Chutigulang, the chief of the Woman's Special Prison (who also managed the prison's boxing camp) said they would consider reducing her sentence anyway because she had been a good prisoner. Kikuchi remarked that she was sorry for shattering Thaweesuk's hopes for an earlier release from the prison but as a sportswoman she had to fight to win.

On August 31, 2006 at the University of Thurakit Bandtit, Bangkok, Thailand, Siriporn won a four-round decision over Bang on Kiatruenpetch.

On November 22, 2006 at Bangprakong Wittayayon School in Chachoengsao, Thailand, Siriporn (105 lbs) won a six-round decision over Chirawadee Sisuk (aka Winyu Paradorn Gym) of Pisanulok, Thailand who fell to 1-1.

Miyao vs ThaweesukOn April 3, 2007 in the yard at Klong Prem Prison in Bangkok, Thailand, Siriporn won a ten-round unanimous (97-93,98-92,100-91) decision over Ayaka Miyao of Japan for the vacant WBC Junior Flyweight title,  Miyao was knocked down in the fifth and sixth rounds but she managed to recover and go the distance. Ayaka Miyao fell to 4-3-1 (0 KO's) with the loss while Siriporn entered history as the first Thai prison inmate to win a WBC title. 

General Nathee Chitsawang, the director of the Thai Department of Corrections, stated that a special committee would be set up to consider parole for Siriporn, who had then served about eight years of her 10-year sentence, to let her go out temporarily to defend her WBC title, and to consider reducing the time still to be served on her sentence. Her release was approved on June 13, 2007.

Anri Nakagawa down vs SiripornOn August 15, 2007 at The Mall Shopping Center in Bang Khae, Bangkok, Siriporn (108 lbs) defended the WBC title with a ten-round unanimous (98-91,98-91,99-91) decision over Anri Nakagawa (5′ 2″,108 lbs) of Tokyo who fell to 5-2-1 (1 KO). Siriporn pressed the action against a cautious Nakagawa and soon showed that the had added body punching to her arsenal, as she bullied the Japanese challenger into the ropes and targeted her midsection. Nakagawa showed skills at keeping herself out of range in the later rounds, but Siriporn had clearly improved all of her skills since winning the title.  The Japanese boxer wilted under pressure in the sixth round and was knocked down in the seventh but beat the count and was able to hang on until the bell.  The late rounds were messy as both fighters tired and tied each other up in clinches.

At this point in her career, Siriporn was returning to the Women's Correctional Institute almost daily to train other inmates in boxing.

Siriporn vs Momo KosekiOn November 19, 2007 at The Mall Shopping Center Ngamwongwan in Bangkok, Thailand, Siriporn  defended the WBC Junior Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (96-94,96-94,97-94) decision over challenger Momo Koseki of Tokyo, who fell to 3-2 (0 KO's).

On April 25, 2008 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Siriporn defended the WBC Junior Flyweight title with a ten-round majority (97-95,95-95,97-95) decision over 32-yr-old Kayoko Ebata of Tokyo who fell to 1-1.   Siriporn looked passive in the early rounds but then began to fight harder and landed many blows on a tiring Ebata's face in the middle of the tenth round to secure the win.  "I am very happy with the success," Siriporn told reporters after her third successful title defense, but she would not defend the WBC title again.

On December 28 2008 at Fonjang Temporary Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand, she won a six-round decision over debuter Nuria Corvierina Merino of Spain (who has not fought again).

On April 10, 2009 in Bangkok, Siriporn (110 lbs) TKO'd debuter Klara Leiva (112 lbs) of Sweden at 1:28 in the eighth round of a scheduled ten-rounder.  Leiva has also not fought again.

Yu Jie Luo vs SiripornOn June 17, 2009 at Sri Satchanalai in Sukhothai Province, Thailand, Siriporn won the WIBA International Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (99-91,100-91,98-93) decision over Yu-Jie Luo of China, who fell to 1-2 (0 KO's).  Siriporn who was taller and more experienced than her Chinese opponent used her aggressive style to dominate the action from the opening round. After midway through the fight Yu Jie lost her power after taking many hard shots to her body allowing Siriporn to coast to the win. 

On February 27, 2010 in Bangkok, Siriporn won a six-round decision over debuter Letisia Campana of France.

On May 18 2010 at Tapong Central Market in Rayong, Thailand, Siriporn won the vacant WIBA Minimumweight title with a TKO of Jujeath Nagaowa of La Trinidad, Philippines in the fourth round of the scheduled ten-rounder. Nagaowa fell to 8-7-1 (5 KO's).

On July 28, 2010 at Khon Kaen Shoes Warehouse in Khon Kaen, Thailand, Siriporn defended the WIBA Minimumweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-92,100-94,99-92) decision over 19-year-old Da-Lin Liu of China, who fell to 1-2 (0 KO's).

On October 22, 2010 at Central Sports Stadium in Pisanulok, Thailand, Siriporn TKO'd debut fighter San Kim of South Korea at 1:20 in the fifth round of a scheduled six-rounder.

On December 3, 2010 at Klongchan Housing Complex Sport Stadium,  in Bangkok, Siriporn TKO'd Saithong Kwanjaisrikord of Vientiane, Laos at 1:25 in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder. Kwanjaisrikord fell to 0-2 with the loss.

On February 19 2011, at Sukothai, Thailand, Siriporn defended the WIBA Minimumweight title and won the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over 2005 AIBA bronze medalist Gretchen Abaniel of Puerto Princesa City, Philippines. Abaniel fell to 10-2-0 while Thaweesuk improved to 20-2 (6 KO's).

On May 30 2011 at Khun Tan in Chiang Rai, Thailand, Siriporn won a six round decision over Nongbua Lookprai-aree of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand who fell to 6-5-1.

On June 18, 2011 at Lamnarai Train Station in Sara Buri, Thailand, Siriporn knocked out pro debuter Sunshine Vidal of the Philippines to win the WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight title.

On September 6, 2011 at Phanom Sarakham Industrial College in Chachoengsao, Thailand, Siriporn TKO'd Seab Sithachanmanoh of Samut Sakhon, Thailandat 1:45 in the fourth round of a scheduled sixer. Sithachanmanoh fell to 0-2.

On November 11, 2011 at Thungyai District in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, Sirporn TKO'd debuter Nongploy Sithjemayurin at 1:10 in the third round of a scheduled six.

On January 20, 2012 at Wat Samanrattanaram in Chachoengsao, Thailand, Siriporn KO'd Yung-Ting Li of Chuxiong, China in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-rounder for the WIBA Minimumweight title.  Li's prior pro record is undocumented, so it is unclear why this was sanctioned as world title fight (she was knocked out by Japan'sSaemi Hanagata in April 2012 in her only other pro bout outside China). 

On April 24, 2012 at Sportova Hala MSO in Samut Sakhon, Thailand
Siriporn Thaveesuk won by a second round TKO over a pro debuter Nongmai Sithsoontorn. The fight was scheduled for six rounds.  The win took Siriporn's pro record to 26-2-0 (11 KO's), very little of that record coming against experienced boxers.  

On September 1 2012 at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, Nadia Raoui (15-1-1, 3 KOs) of Germany retained her WIBA Flyweight crown by overcoming a stiff challenge from Siriporn Thaweesuk to win a ten-round unanimous (96-94,99-92,97-93) decision. Thaweesuk, who was the WIBA Minimumweight title holder, had jumped two weight classes for the chance to fight outside South-East Asia for the first time in her career. The Thai challenger used her reach and a steady jab to press the action for all ten rounds but she was thwarted by Raoui's speed, mobility and more practised boxing skills. Raoui improved to 15-1-1 (3 KO's).

On December 26, 2012 at Wat Samanrattanaram, Chachoengsao, Thailand, Siriporn TKO'd debut fighter Anan Chor Vachara of Thailand in the second round of a scheduled sixer.

On February 27, 2013 at Bangkok University in Bagkok, Thailand, Sirporn KO'd Aisah Alico of Ilipan City, the Philippines,in the third round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WIBA Straweight title. Alico fell to 5-2 (4 KO's).

On May 29, 2013 at Piboon Witthayalai School in Lop Buri, Thailand, Siriporn fought a pro debut boxer Saosukhothai Sorkor Peera, winning a unanimous decision over six rounds to move her own record to 29-3 (14 KO's).

Her life story has been documented on Singaporean television and is being made into a movie and a Discovery Channel documentary by a Thai film company.  

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