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

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]


Photo of the Day: Canada's Muay Thai Scene is Hopping

On Saturday we'll see more action in Western Canada as Last Man Standing goes down, featuring a Welterweight tournament with some of Western Canada's best. If you are in the Victoria, BC area make sure to check it out. The main feature is an 8-man Welterweight tournament using K-1 rules, featuring prospect Josh Jauncy.


Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Fabio Pinca Set For March 17 in France

We now know the next three scheduled fights for both Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Fabio Pinca.

Buakaw will be fighting Frank Giorgi on December 18 in Thailand at the Thai Fight 70kg Finals. Then he'll be fighting Dzhabar Askerov on January 21 in Italy at Yokkao Extreme 2012.

Pinca will be fighting Kem Sitsongpeenong also on December 18 in Thailand but at the Thai Fight 67kg Finals. Then also on the Yokkao Extreme 2012 card, he fights the renowned Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.

It's rare that two of the same fighters from completely different areas of the world will be featured on two cards in a row. Make that three. Buakaw and Pinca will face off on March 17 in France at La Nuit Des Titans. The weight for the fight isn't known yet, but I'd assume around 70kg, which means Pinca would be moving up. Pinca deserves every bit of props in the world for taking on Kem, Saenchai and Buakaw in consecutive fights. Not many, if any foreigners to Thailand would take on three great Thai fighters in a row under their own ruleset.

The schedule for both Buakaw and Pinca leading up to their fight is really great and any fan of kickfighting should be looking forward to watching their upcoming fights.


Fighter Spotlight: Penthai Singpatong & Songkom Sakhomsin

The light flyweight division in Thailand is one of the most competitive classes in the country. Two of the of the better fighters at this weight are Penthai Singpatong and Songkom Sakhomsin. Penthai is currently the 3rd ranked fighter at Lumpinee stadium and Songkom is #1. With the current champion now fighting at around 115 pounds its likely the title is vacated and perhaps these two could compete for it in the near future.

Penthai is 22, which is fairly old for such a small weight. He stands at 5'3 and has a really good all around style. Last December he lost a heart breaking decision to Kengkla Sor. Chokkitichai for the Channel 7 title, but got a rematch the following month and took the belt in another very close, and thrilling fight. He still maintains that title but most of his fights now are happening at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee. 

Songkom Sakhomsin has exploded on to the scene recently and is smashing most of his competition. In his last eight fights he's 7-1 with 5 KO's. The loan loss comes at a low weight that does not suit him well. At just 16 he seems to be getting better every time out, and his left uppercut has become his signature technique. He fights similar to how Yodsanklai fought when he was a teen. 


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