Thailand’s notorious Prison Fight concept is arguably the most unusual phenomenon in Asia, if not in the world. It’s a Muaythai and Boxing charity initiative founded in 2012 by an international team of “rehabilitation via martial arts” enthusiasts. This program donates sports equipment to Thai prisons and also organizes fighting events where inmates get to battle their way to an early release.
According to Prison Fight’s website, its main goal is to assist Thailand’s Department Of Corrections in their rehabilitation programs among inmates. They believe that by promoting sport inside prison walls, problems such as drug abuse and violence can be reduced. It’s a noble, yet controversial cause that has attracted tons of media since its launch in 2012. In fact, Showtime’s documentary labeled “Prison Fighters: 5 rounds to freedom” that aired in February 2017, gave an inside look into the Thai criminal justice system that’s quite different from US standards, to say the least.
We had an exclusive opportunity to talk with one of the creators of Prison Fight, Estonian businessman, Kirill Sokur.