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John Wayne Parr To Retire After June 23 Fight

John Wayne Parr is a legend of kickfighting, and at almost 36 years of age he's signifying his retirement once again. JWP posted a message today saying that he would retire after his fight on June 23 at the Boonchu Cup - Cage Muay Thai Series:

"To everyone that has supported me over the years I would like to announce that June 23 on the Boonchu Cup will be my last fight. I will be 36yo in a few weeks, as much as I would like to continue fighting my body is at the point now where it is telling me to retire while I still have my health.I am looking forward to retiring with a bang though, inside the cage with Jordan Tai. For anyone that would like to come along you can book tickets through the link, or for tables please inbox me."

JWP will be fighting Jordan Tai, a fellow veteran under Muay Thai rules but the fight will take place in a cage with MMA gloves. 

John Wayne Parr has done so much for the sport both in and out of the ring. He's one of the most likeable fighters in all of fighting, and just one of the most likeable athletes in general. You can buy tickets for his Boonchu Cup - Cage Muay Thai Series event here.


Yodsanklai Fairtex Returns On May 26 Against Vladimir Moravcik

It's been a while since Yodsanklai Fairtex last fought in November, losing a decision to Artur Kyshenko. Yod has showed some visible decline in his recent fights. He surprisingly lost three fights last year, which is very rare of him for the last six years.

Yod has fought all over the world but on May 26 he's headed to Slovakia. He'll face Vladimir Moravcik, a very solid 72.5-75kg fighter and the fight will be at 72.5kg. Moravcik hasn't lost since 2009 when he lost to the last man Yod lost to, Artur Kyshenko. Since then, he's reeled off a 12 fight unbeaten streak. 

There's also some other good fights on the card, including a few match-ups around 85kg that Glory should keep an eye on if they want names for their tournament. Miroslav Cingel of Slovakia takes on Stanislaw Zaniewski of Poland at 86kg. Both guys are solid fighters and a win could send one to the upper echelon of the divison. Marcel Jager fights Lukas Wolf at -82.55kg. Tomas Hron is also on the card against a to be announced opponent.


More on Buakaw's Troubles, Government Intervention and an Ultimatum


The world continues to turn and Buakaw Banchamek continues to fight his battles against his former gym of Por Pramuk. The Banchamek Gym Facebook page has been an incredible hub of information over the past few days, including Buakaw's public plea and demands from Por Pramuk and government intervention to attempt to settle the issues. It looks like Por Pramuk has to pay Buakaw 3 million baht (about $97,849) in back wages, they can waive that payment and release him from his contract, or continue to have him fight under the Por Pramuk banner until his five year contract with them expires and only take 40% of his fight purse.

Part of Buakaw's statement runs down all of the money which is owed to him, and it is a bit troubling. His K-1 pay in 2004 was 10 million yen/3.63 million baht and he received 1 million baht, which works out to $32,000 of about $118,000 which he was owed. 2005 was 2.5 million yen, he was paid $485 of $16,000. For 2006 he earned 20 million yen and only received $64,000 of $245,000. There is more if you follow that link, but it gives you an idea of the money being witheld from Buakaw and where part of his grievances lie.

As mentioned, the government is looking to step in with their ultimatum, looking to work out a deal between Buakaw, Thai Fight and Pro Pramuk gym to minimize the damages and how incredibly public this has become. Buakaw is a national celebrity and all of this cannot be good publicity. Government statement follows.



Buakaw's Legal Problems with Por Pramuk Continue


There were a lot of question marks going into this week's Thai Fight event featuring Buakaw Banchamek and if he'd be allowed to fight. Buakaw not only fought, but he brutalized his opponent with a massive second round stoppage before giving an emotional appeal to the crowd. An interesting note from the show was that he was still being called "Buakaw Por. Pramuk," especially with Buakaw taking a lot of time to distance himself from the Por Pramuk camp, where all of the problems are coming from. There were a lot of reports coming from Thailand that Buakaw might be barred from competing, but fought he did. It turns out that Buakaw stepping into the ring might have opened himself and possibly Thai Fight up for some problems in the future.

The Bangkok Post is reporting that Pramuk Rojanatan and his son were preparing documents for a possible lawsuit and that there will be a press conference soon to discuss the issues. The Sports Authority of Thailand is threatening to suspend Buakaw as well as the Thai Fight organization for up to six months for violating the rules of the Boxing Act by not receiving clearance from Buakaw's camp of record.

No action will be taken until Por Pramuk files a grievance against Buakaw and Thai Fight.


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