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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.


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]


Powerplay Promotions 22 Tonight: Featuring JWP

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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 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.


Caged Muay Thai Returns This Weekend

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Legend John Wayne Parr was supposed to retire a long time ago, but he had this crazy idea to take muay thai and put it inside of a cage while wearing MMA gloves. Of course, he wouldn't ask someone to do something like that if he wasn't prepared to and he did just that. Since then the Caged Muay Thai shows have taken off big time in Australia and this weekend they return for Caged Muay Thai 5: Lidon vs. Badato.

The event will be streamed live via


Lion Fight 25 Live Results

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Lion fight 25 is Live on AXS TV and it is their biggest show to date, with the main event putting Muay Thai Legend John Wayne Parr against Cosmo Alexandre for the rubber match.

Main Card

Cosmo Alexandre def. John Wayne Parr by Unanimous Dec

Jorina Baars def. Martina Jindrova by Unanimous Dec

Mike Lemaire def. Jake Poss by Unanimous Dec

Romie Adanza def. Anthony Castrejon by KO Rd 3 (right hand)

Joe Gogo def. Marvin Madariaga by TKO Rd 3 (doc stoppage due to cut)

Ming Freeman def. Jason Andrada by KO Rd 5 (right hand)



Why John Wayne Parr's Lion Fight Debut is so Exciting

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Tonight marks the first appearance of Australian muay thai legend John Wayne Parr in Lion Fight, airing live on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time. John Wayne Parr, known lovingly all over as simply JWP is a legend within the realm of kickboxing and muay thai, having competed all over the world against some of the very best in the world, from his time fighting in Australia to his time in K-1 to Contender Asia and his own concoction of Caged Muay Thai that saw him opt out of retirement to fight in a MMA cage with 3oz gloves under muay thai rules because it sounded like fun.

John Wayne Parr is everything about kickboxing and muay thai that fans have loved for years, with his exciting style that saw him a fan favorite win, lose or draw. Tonight he fights Cosmo Alexandre for the third time, each man with a win. This is one of the more anticipated fights in muay thai today and the fact that we'll get it live on American TV is pretty rad, right? So, finally, we get to see a muay thai legend like JWP on American TV in one of the most anticipated fights in his career. That is special.


John Wayne Parr Comes to Muay Thai Grand Prix on June 11th

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International muay thai and kickboxing sensation, internet nice guy and all around swell guy John Wayne Parr will be making his way to the Muay Thai Grand Prix ring on Saturday, June 11th at Muay Thai Grand Prix 5 as the main attraction. The legendary Parr will be taking on Greece's Pavlos Kaponis in the main event in a 74kg battle contested under full thai rules. 

Muay Thai Grand Prix have been making a name for themselves with their high production values and stellar cards at the O2 in London and look to continue with the strong push throughout 2016 by roping in big names like JWP. John Wayne Parr had flirted with the idea of retirement for a while but his concept of Caged Muay Thai helped to re-ignite his passion and he's been competing around the world all over again, proving that he's the iron man of muay thai. 


Card for Muay Thai Grand Prix 5 Featuring John Wayne Parr

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Muay Thai Grand Prix will hold their 5th event on Saturday, June 11th at the Indigo O2 in London, headlined by an international clash between muay thai legend John Wayne Parr and Pavlos Kaponis. The rest of the card features a string of Muay Thai Grand Prix championship bouts, with the Welterweight, Featherweight and Bantamweight titles all on the line.

Muay Thai Grand Prix 5

Official Full Fight Card and Bout Order (Descending)

Saturday June 11th @ Indigo O2, London, UK


-Main Event-

John Wayne Parr (Boonchu Gym) V Pavlos Kaponis (Diamond Gym)

FTR – 74KG – 5×3

International Bout (Aus/Gre)

-MTGP Welterweight Title-

Charlie Peters (Double K) V Nauzet Trujillo (Shoothon Gym)

FTR – 66.6KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Spa)

-MTGP Featherweight Title-

Matt Tieu (Team Tieu) V Kevin Vidal (Shoothon Gym)

FTR – 57KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Spa)

-MTGP Bantamweight Title-

Dan McGowan (Team Tieu) V Samb Madiale (Veera Boxing)

FTR – 54KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Fra)

-Main Card – Live UK TV-

Jamie Whelan (Double K) V Thibaud Duphil (Veera Boxing)

K1 – 58KG – 3×3

International Bout (Eng/Fra)

Bernise Alldis (Keddles/Double K) V Anaelle Angerville (Team Lions Thaïs)

FTR – 57KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Fra)

Carlton Lieu (Team Tieu) V Benito Thamas (Spain)

FTR – 63KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Spa)

Paul Barber (Double K) V Ian Houillebecq (Legions Gym)

FTR – 62KG – 5×3

Domestic Bout

Evan Jays (Double K/Team Tieu) V Jamie Ahern (SMTC)

FTR – 50KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Sco)

Luke Whelan (Double K) V Fabio Barros (KO South)

K1 – 71KG – 3×3

Domestic Bout

Sevket Cerkez (Team Tieu) V Daniel Hardiman (Hertford Combat Academy)

FTR – 72KG – 5×3

Domestic Bout

James Toomey (Double K) V Liam Brough (Legions Gym)

FTR – 63KG – 5×3

Domestic Bout

-ISKA English Title-

Michael Pham (Team Tieu) V Micael Calunga (KO South)

B-Class – 68KG – 5×2

Domestic Bout

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