John Wayne Parr Gives History Lesson
The Winner - John Wayne Parr took all 8 man muaythai tournament as well as the $1.000.000 bhat prize money at S1 Muay Thai tournament in Bangkok, Thailand in 2004 / Photo: Source Axkickboxing

The original impact on Aussie fight sport fame was made eleven years ago.

John Wayne Parr beat world’s elite at prestigious Rajadumdern stadium live on Thai TV. The show was then televised by Eurosport throughout.

S1 World Championships event was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2004. Australian legend John Wayne Parr defeated Russian Magomed Magomedov, France’s Jean-Charles Skarbowski and top Thai Nuengtrakarn Por.Muang Ubon.

The card of the 8 man tournament has also included the rest of, back then, worlds best – Petr Polak from Czech Republic, famous Japanese Magnum Sakai and Denmark’s Ole Laursen, and one more representative of the Kingdom of Thailand Suriya Sor Ploenchit.

Indeed, that world championship event has played the biggest role for Down-Under’s muaythai recognition. It has featured the athletes from everywhere, internationally covered by leading sport TV. The AxeKickboxing forum reflects back with the post by JWP himself.

“Wow, they showed the S-1 on Euro sport, that’s so cool. I was happy it was shown on Thailand TV but to be shown in Europe can only help my profile that side of the world because I don’t get much of a chance to fight over there.
I hope the people that seen it enjoyed it, it was one of my greatest achievements in the sport of Muay Thai. Winning a Million baht was pretty cool too.
JWP”

Today, eleven years later, and ahead of the ultimate clash with Cosmo Alesxandre in the USA in two weeks time, John Wayne Parr still recalls S-1 tourney as his own biggest achievement. The recent interview by Frank Curreri, featured the following question –

If you could only choose one, which moment of your professional life stands as the greatest memory and most jubilant feeling and why?

The answer from JWP is still and always the same: “I would have to say winning the S-1 tournament at Rajadumdern stadium in Bangkok. I was lucky to win a world title, one million baht and a trophy from the prime minister of Thailand live on Thai TV. After living in Thailand 5 years, winning the S-1 was securing my legacy as one of the top westerners behind Ramon Dekkers.”

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Parviz Iskenderov

Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.