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Photo of the Day: John Wayne Parr Injures Hand, Out of Sept. Fight

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The good news is that John Wayne Parr, who originally intended for 2011 to be his retirement year has decided that since he has been so competitive, there is no reason to really stop now. That is a good thing, because Parr is still one of the best in the world and it turns out Parr just suffered a nasty looking hand injury and will have to withdraw from a September fight against Frank Giorgio. No clue how this will affect his possible October plans, but we will see.

Parr posted a few photos on his Facebook of his hand. After getting a MRI it turns out that he smashed his metacarpals and scaphoid, and while there weren't broken bones, the pain and healing time will be the same as a break. Tough luck, but at least Parr will continue his path of world domination.

Parr's Hand

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July 30: John Wayne Parr vs. Vuyisile Colossa

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Colossa vs. ParrThe next fight on the 2011 John Wayne Parr farewell circuit has been announced - on July 30 Parr will face Vuyisile Colossa.  The fight will be the main event at Capital Punishment 4 in Canberra.

Colossa is perhaps a bit of a surprise as most were expecting Parr's final fights to be against old rivals, such as his May 28 fight with Mike Zambidis.  But Colossa will make for an excellent opponent.  Those who have been following us since our HKL days know we have been covering Vusi since last year's shocking upset win over Yodsaenklai Fairtex - ending Yod's two year undefeated streak.  Since then, Colossa has won a Wu Ling Feng world championship in China, competed at the prestigious Muay Thai King's Cup (where he lost to Yodsaenklai), and started his MMA career with a record of 3-1.  He's a busy fighter who takes challenges in all sorts of different styles, but he will need to be focused here to defeat Parr.  The Gunslinger may be facing retirement, but he's still a relevant factor in the Middleweight scene, and will be a tough challenge for the younger Colossa.  Should make for a great fight.

Also announced for the card: 2010 K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards will compete in the semi-main event.  His opponent is not yet announced.  Check out more details at TheScienceof8Limbs.

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Upcoming Australian Shows

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Evolution 23If you don't watch anything from the Australian kickboxing/Muay Thai scene, you are sadly missing out on some great action.  There are a number of great promotions running in Australia, and the shows consistently deliver top end fights with a combination of veterans like Paul Slowinski and John Wayne Parr, along with hot prospects like Thor Hoopman and recent K-1 star Ben Edwards.  It's a very busy scene, with multiple upcoming shows; here are four shows definitely worth a look:

Feb. 26 - Knees of Fury 32: This show is all about the main event, which is a great battle of old guard vs. new.  On one side is Paul Slowinski, who for years has been the top Australian representative to the international Heavyweight kickboxing scene.  He faces the young Thor Hoopman, a John Wayne Parr trainee who is on the cusp of big things.  Hoopman defeated Slowinski via decision in late 2009, and will look to score the 2nd victory here.  Hoopman is still developing, and is not yet perfectly consistent, but I have high hopes for his future, and would love to see him get another good win here.  The rest of the card includes: Kym Johnson vs Wes Capper; Myles Simpson vs Flip Street; Martin Olczak vs Jye Demmrich; Charlie Chau vs Hiki Hanui; Tenille May vs Sarah O'Connell; Steve Behan vs Cameran Murcott; and Tom Boyle vs Jun Lee.

April 2 - Kings of Kombat 3: More from the busy Slowinski, as this time he takes on the legend Peter Graham.  This is a sort of battle of generations, as Graham was one of K-1's main Australian representatives through the early 2000's, winning a number of big fights, including a defeat of Badr Hari, until he saw that spot taken by Slowinski in the middle part of the decade.  These two have met twice before, splitting the battles 1-1.  While neither man is at his peak any more, this will still be a battle that Australian fans are excited about, and it should be close.  Both men have had recent successes, including an MMA victory over Aleksander Emelianenko for Graham.  The semi main event is also a big fight, as reigning K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards faces the former K-1 Vegas champ Carter Williams, who continues to try and make a comeback after a lengthy absence from the ring. Also signed is Jordan Tai vs. Steve Moxon and Atal Kakar vs. Supi Lanumata.

April 9 - Evolution 23: In this crowded scene, Evolution is leads the way.  They put on shows featuring full Muay Thai rules that spotlight both local fighters along with some names from Thailand.  Their 23rd show is coming up, and the main event is a good one, as longtime Aussie veteran Bruce "The Preacher" Macfie faces Frank Giorgi.  This is a rematch from Evolution 22 where Giorgi scored the somewhat surprising win over Macfie, who at the time was riding high off a win over John Wayne Parr.  The other fight I'm really looking forward to is Michael Thompson vs. Flip Street.  Thompson is one of my favorite younger talents in this scene, and this is a good fight for him.  Also on the card: Leonard Sitpholek vs. Danny Derdowski; Dane Daddy Cool vs. Serrachino; and Eli Madigan vs. Jason Scerri.

May 27 - Payback Time 3: Finally, the first fight in John Wayne Parr's 2011 retirement tour sees him main event here against his longtime rival Mike Zambidis.  Zambidis is coming off his resurgent 2010 that saw him win the fight of the year against Chahid in K-1 MAX, while Parr has announced that 2011 will be his last year as a fighter. These two men are 1-1 against each other, with their fights held up as some of the greatest in the history of the Australian scene.  With Parr's career coming to and end, Zambidis on the comeback trail, and both men looking to definitively win the series, this could be the Fight of the Year.

For more on these shows and the entire Australian scene, check out International Kickboxer magazine.

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John Wayne Parr to Retire in 2011

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John Wayne Parr in actionJohn Wayne Parr has officially announced his retirement. The Australian Muay Thai fighter posted the news on his Facebook page last week:

“Never thought I would be writing this one, but 2011 will be my last year fighting. I turn 35 in May so time isn't on my side. Want to give it everything I can this year and finish on a high. Don’t want to have 5 fights too many and start drooling when I speak. One more year before I have to think about what I will do after I retire, hope it's not washing dishes.”

A big factor in this decision was his difficulty cutting weight at this point: “85kg to 72.5kg every 6 weeks hurts way to much and I don't think my body can go through it much more. Even dropping to 75kg hurts, any bigger I am just too small a frame to fight the big guys.”

Parr has made it clear that he will indeed fight through the end of 2011. He is looking at taking roughly 5-6 fights this year, preferably in Australia. The first of these fights is set, as Parr revealed that he will face his longtime rival Mike Zambidis on May 28 (thanks to our old pals at HKL for the info).  As for the rest of the fights - the Gunslinger has multiple opponents who he has met numerous times, and whose fights help define Parr's career.  Rivalries with Yodsaenklai, Zambidis, and Bruce Macfie are full of classic fights, and all would be great opponents for Parr's final year.

For more details directly from Parr, check out these new interviews with Muay Thai Is Life, and HeadKickLegend.

While Parr’s best days are perhaps behind him, he is far from irrelevant in the Middleweight division. Recent wins over the likes of Zambidis and Yodsaenklai Fairtex have shown that he can still compete with the best, and we currently have him ranked at #20 in the LiverKick.com Middleweight rankings. Like Masato before him, Parr is choosing to step away before injuries force him away and while he can remain healthy in retirement.

A long-time veteran of the sport, Parr started his professional career 18 years ago at just 17 years of age, famously winning an Australian title in his first year. Early in his career, Parr moved to Thailand where he gained valuable experience and quickly established himself as a young fighter to watch. Over the next few years, he competed primarily in Thailand (including winning the 2001 King’s Cup) and his native Australia.

For many fans, it was the 2004 K-1 MAX Grand Prix that brought Parr to international stardom. At the GP, Parr gave Buakaw Por. Pramuk all he could handle, dragging Buakaw to an extension round before the eventual 2004 champ could score enough damage to earn a close split decision win.

Parr’s next big international exposure came in 2007 when he appeared on The Contender Asia. Already a 15 year veteran of the sport, Parr was immediately seen as a focal point of the show. He made his way to the show’s finals before losing to Yodsaenklai.

2009 saw Parr face off with Buakaw once again at the Champion of Champions 2 event in Jamaica. Again, the two went to a razor close decision, and again Buakaw got the nod, although many felt that Parr should have taken the win.

Last year, Parr avenged his 2 previous loses to Yodsaenklai, finally defeating his long-time foe. He called this win “the greatest thing I have done in the sport” and said he now has nothing else he needs to accomplish.

While his career is exceptional, Parr’s popularity is equally due to his extremely open attitude towards fans. For years, Parr has been one of the most accessible fighters, always willing to talk openly with fans about his experiences. You can often find him on various message boards, sharing details about his fights, posting candid stories and pictures, and just taking part in the conversation. He is, and always has been, a tremendous ambassador for the sport.

In recent years, Parr has been focused on training fighters at his Boonchu Gym in Queensland, and will continue in this role into retirement. It’s great news that he will still be involved in the sport, as he not only represents Muay Thai well, but also has much to offer young fighters. His star pupil at the moment is Heavyweight Thor Hoopman, who is on the verge of breaking into the top 25 and made his K-1 debut last year at the Oceania GP.

While I certainly understand and respect his decision, there’s no denying that the kickboxing scene will lose something when Parr hangs up his gloves. On behalf of everyone at LiverKick.com, I wish Parr all the best in his final year, and in all his future plans.

We’ll have more details on Parr as the year continues, and will be sure to keep you up to date on the final year of this legend.

 

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John Wayne Parr to Help GSP Train for Johny Hendricks

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JWP

Muay Thai and Kickboxing living legend John Wayne Parr not only picked up an impressive recent win inside of a cage wearing MMA gloves, but he's apparently been tapped to head to Montreal to train with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, helping GSP prepare for his upcoming title bout against Johny Hendricks. This also means that we'll see John Wayne Parr cageside at UFC 167 to help corner Georges St. Pierre.

Here is the statement from JWP via his Facebook today.

"Received another email off Firas, looks like I am going to Tristar in Canada early August for 2 weeks for the sole purpose of training George St Pierre with his striking. The best part is the boys will be flying me to Vegas to be part of the corner in November when GSP takes on Johnny Hendricks.

This is without doubt the biggest opportunity of my life. Thank you Firas & GSP!"

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Photo of the Day: John Wayne Parr Victorious Over Marco Pique at CMT 3

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John Wayne Parr

Most of you know John Wayne Parr, lovingly known as JWP, as he has fought all over the world and fought some of the best in the world. He very briefly retired before becoming enamored with the idea of fighting inside of a cage with MMA gloves on. No, that doesn't mean that he's been fighting MMA, but he's come up with his own concept of "Caged Muay Thai," which he has fought in twice now. This was the third Boonchu Cup: Caged Muay Thai event, though, this time Parr fought the very tough Marco Pique. The two went all five rounds with Parr taking a tough decision victory.

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John Wayne Parr vs. Ky Hollenbeck Set for Feb. 2012

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If you are a fan of John Wayne Parr (and by all means, you should be), it has been a bit of a rollercoaster year to say the least. According to JWP himself, 2011 was his final year as a fighter. He had achieved everything that he wanted to and was going to ride off into the sunset. Then something happened, JWP was picking up wins, big wins, and retirement did not seem like that great of an idea anymore. He obviously still had a lot left to do in the Kickfighting world and there were a lot of asses for him to kick. Then, mid-way through the year, something as innocent as his daughter participating in a Muay Thai bout became international headline news and JWP's parenting skills came into question.

As someone who has had the distinct pleasure of interacting with Mr. Parr, I have to say that it is ridiculous to question his love for his family, for fighting or for anything else in this world. JWP is a stand-up guy and anyone who thinks differently should re-evaluate their priorities.

This brings us to the matter at hand, which is that JWP has a big fight coming up in February in his home land of Australia. According to our good friends at Muay Thai Authority he'll be taking on one of the United State's best and brightest in Ky Hollenbeck.If you haven't seen Hollenbeck's recent string of fights, I implore you to do so as he is an incredibly legitimate fighter. The event is Knees of Fury 36 and will go down on February 25th. [source]

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John Wayne Parr's Illustrated Muay Thai Story

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JWPIf you are like me, you are upset that John Wayne Parr's storied career is finally coming to an end. We trust him when he says that age is starting to catch up to him and that it has become increasingly difficult for him to properly train for fights and that his reaction time has slowed down. To be fair, we'd rather he retire with his wits and can enjoy his time with his family and continue training other fighters than worry about his mental health and well-being. It is always nice to see a fighter understand when it is time to hang up the gloves.

JWP has released this pretty awesome story of his muay thai life, including photographs, and you can read it here, in PDF form. This e-book is something you can quickly transfer to your mythical "third device" like an iPad or tablet, or even a Kindle.

So go ahead and click here to read it, download it, do what you want with it, and reflect upon the career of a living legend.

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Powerplay Promotions 22 Tonight: Featuring JWP

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JWP

When I first started doing this whole writing about Kickboxing and Muay Thai thing years ago part of what made it so frustrating is that a lot of the events that I'd be writing about just wouldn't be viewable to most of the audience reading the site -- including myself. It's been the biggest bummer, but over the last few years the internet has really been helping to reshape this. With better internet connections available in more places this has led to streams becoming a more normal thing, allowing for fans all over the world to catch their favorite fighters in action.

One of those fighters who has been hard for us Westerners to catch has been John Wayne Parr. JWP, as we lovingly call him, has been around for a while now and is without dispute one of the best fighters in the world at 75kg fighting in Muay Thai internationally. He fights tonight in Australia and thanks to Epicentre.tv you can watch it live! It goes down at 4am Eastern time tonight and will set you back $14.95, but that's the price for watching some solid action.

The main event is JWP vs. Brad Riddell after Cosmo Alexandre failed to apply for a visa in time for the fight. Bummer.

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John Wayne Parr Vs Toby Smith Fight Video

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Powerplay Promotions put John Wayne Parr's WKA world middleweight title up for grabs on June 21st at the Melbourne Pavillion against a young, hungry Toby "The Weapon" Smith.

From the first bell it was shocking to see how strong and sturdy Toby Smith was, its not often that you see a big, strong fighter like JWP get pushed around like that. Parr threw some fast flurries anytime he had the chance but he just couldn't get Smith to move backwards and just always ended up stuck in the corner. In the Third round Toby had JWP pushed up against the ropes again and was moving forward like a man on a mission, clinching, kneeing and elbowing non stop. He landed a left hook that appeared to stagger John Wayne momentarily and then put him in a strange position perfect for Smith to whack him with an upward, left elbow which sent John Wayne Parr to the mat with a look of agony on his face. Turned out that the elbow broke JWP's orbital bone, crushed his sinus, and opened a cut that needed 5 stitches putting Parr at accumulative total of 280 stitches in his face alone.

Amazing performance from the new WKA middleweight world champion Toby Smith and we wish John Wayne Parr a speedy recovery you are an inspiration to many.

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