Paraguayan boxer gets parole after winning title in prison


Paraguayan boxer Richard Moray "La Pantera", right, swings at Brazil's Carlos Santos de Jesus "Caolho" during their super-welterweight South American title fight at "La Esperanza" prison in Asuncion, Paraguay. Moray won by knockout in the first round. (Jorge Saenz/AP)

ASUNCION, Paraguay – Paraguayan authorities say a boxer has received parole, days after he won a South American title during a fight in prison.

Richard "Panther" Moray had a promising start to his boxing career before he got involved with drugs and was locked up in 2012 for aggravated robbery.

In a fight behind bars last Friday, the 31-year-old knocked out Brazilian Carlos "Caolho" Santos de Jesus in the first of 12 rounds. Paraguayan boxing officials said the fight earned Moray the super welterweight title of South America.

On Thursday, a local court granted him a conditional release from prison. He was also ordered to coach boxing to inmates at a prison in the Paraguayan capital as part of his community service.

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