Thai Prisoners Earn Money and Time Off Sentences By Beating Foreigners In Muay Thai Fights

“Two men enter! One man leaves! Two men enter! One man leaves!”

Via Oddity Central:

In a world where prisoners’ sentences are reduced for good behavior, the rules at Klong Prem Central Prison, in Thailand, come across as bizarre. They basically have it the other way around – inmates battle foreign fighters in a tournament called ‘Prison Fight’, a charity event organized by Thailand’s Department of Corrections. The organized boxing matches, held regularly across various Thai prisons, give them a shot at reducing their sentences or even gaining their freedom.

Winning inmates receive prize money as well as the chance to meet with the warden to have their sentence reduced. Needless to say, the Thai prisoners win at least 9 out of 10 fights, both because they are eager to get out of confinement and because most of them have years of experience. But they also need to have a track record of good behavior to be let off the hook.

“Prison fights are done to help the prisoners. It lets the prisoners fight so they can earn money,” said Mr. Pek, Prison Fights coordinator. “They also fight to reduce the time of their sentences. To reduce their sentence and to bring honor and fame to Thailand, if they can defeat foreign fighters and fight a lot. Some of the fighters are in for drugs, robbery or murder. There are boxers doing life or 50 years. There are boxers who can never get out.”

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5 Comments on "Thai Prisoners Earn Money and Time Off Sentences By Beating Foreigners In Muay Thai Fights"

  1. And yet…. Worth adopting in the US! Let the inmates gain strength and self-control and overcome the prison industrial complex from within the bowels of the beast….yeah that’s the ticket yeah… Just have to loose the grip of the sadist/psychopathic control grid currently running the Supermax fiefdom. No biggie. Also would be awesome if this birthed a champion, oh one can dream. One can dream.

    • Ted Heistman | Feb 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm |

      I don’t think inmates in the US would be as skilled. I picture fights like UFC 1-5 or Kimbo Slice style brawls.

  2. I hear that Thai lady-boys can earn money by beating foreigners outside of the ring, but I wouldn’t really know anything about that…

  3. Hadrian999 | Feb 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm |

    It’s like the plot to a 90s Van Damme movie

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