Fighting for Redemption

PATTAYA, Thailand – It was a peaceful instant for Chalermpol Sawadsuk, who has had very few peaceful moments during his lifestyle of violence and criminal offense. His girlfriend, Saranya Meesuk, leaned on his tattooed chest after his long day time of training in Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, and Sawadsuk switched reflective.

“Could you ever imagine that such a negative person as me would have an opportunity to have a good family one day,” Sawadsuk, 30, asked found in his native Thai. “I believe love can be rehabilitation. I get right up and locate breakfast waiting for me every day. But I wonder even more what kind of female would fall deeply in love with a man like me.”

In his prior life, he hurt people for a living.

When he was 18, Sawadsuk says he became an enforcer for an organized criminal offense group in Bangkok, where he collected debts, ran drugs and also killed those he was ordered to kill.

At 23, Sawadsuk was arrested and sentenced to a decade for medicine trafficking. While in Wainoomklang Prison, Sawadsuk had period to think about his crimes and the difficulty he triggered others. After a calendar year, he discovered of a government software that rewarded inmates who qualified and fought in organized Muay Thai bouts against additional prisons.


“When I was 8 years previous my uncle taught me Muay Thai,” Sawadsuk said. “I had some encounter fighting inside the band. I quit when I was about 15. I started to be unruly. I liked the feeling of being vital that you my friends, so I helped my close friends to fight when they were in big trouble.”

Focused once more, Sawadsuk thrived in the band, winning 19 instances with 14 knockouts. Beneath the government-sanctioned program, he had seven years slice from his sentence for earning, and was highlighted in a recently available Showtime documentary about the success of this program.

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