Muay Thai legend from Australia, John Wayne Parr schedules three fights in the United States within the next twelve months.
John Wayne Parr, 40, has no intention to hang up gloves. “I retired once four years ago. After six months I missed it so bad that I just had to come back,” he recently told Gold Coast Bulletin.
Indeed, only this year Parr has had four fights. The recent venture was early this month. He has taken the victory over Matthew Richardson of Canada; as a result finalizing the season adding 3-1 to his complete tale of the tape.
To date “The Gunslinger” holds the record of 95 wins out of 127 fights. Next year he marks the silver jubilee of his fighting career that started in 1992. His blueprint is as simple as it comes “to keep fighting until something happens where the injuries are so bad that I can’t fight anymore”.
John Wayne Parr made a debut on the American soil in March 2002. He took on “The Tank” Rodtung Wor-Taveekeat of Thailand. After five rounds Australian earned the victory in front of the crowd gathered at the world’s party capital, Las Vegas.
Same year in June Parr returned to the United States. He earned the TKO victory in Round 3 over Canadian Baxter Humby in Bernalillo, New Mexico. In October last year JW went head to head with Cosmo Alexandre in their third, decider fight. The bout held in Temecula, California ended in the favor of the Brazilian athlete.
Earlier this year John Wayne Parr signed with the Bellator Kickboxing promotion
“Signed a three-fight deal. But no idea who or when. They hinted the first fight could possibly be in New York,” Parr told fightmag.com.au this morning.
“So far I have been lucky to fight in Las Vegas [Nevada], New Mexico and California.”
Two decades back Parr has had his first fight at the Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. The stage is a mecca of Muay Thai. Twenty years later he is no less thrilled to compete where every boxer wants to be seen, in the United States.
“Excited to be back on the big stage again,” he says.
“Very blessed at 40 years of age to be still given these opportunities.”