John Wayne Parr reminisces fighting in front of over 10K people

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Australian muaythai fighter John Wayne Parr reflects back on his knockout victory against Shane Chapman of New Zealand at the 2005 K-1 Max Eliminations in Japan.

The cradle of the development of oriental martial arts, Japan has been indeed the number one place every fighter aspired to be known. This is the place credited for the induction of the leg kicks to Full Contact Karate. The Land of the Rising Sun is also the birth place of K-1. Originally the banner of the largest kickboxing promotion for over a decade, is the modern day most popular style of kickboxing.

Australian fighter John Wayne Parr made his debut in K-1 partaking in the 2002 Oceania tournament in Melbourne. This is where he faced his long time rival Mike Zambidis for the first time. Two years later “The Gunslinger” made his appearance in the World Tournament Open in Tokyo. The happening saw him battling out against such name as Buakaw Banchamek [at that time Por. Pramuk] among others.

In 2005 Parr returned to Japan squaring off with Shane Chapman in K-1 eliminations for the World MAX Tournament Open. Australian stopped his opponent in Round 3 with the left body shot, consequently making the final eight.

John Wayne Parr vs Shane “Chopper” Chapman

On Wednesday¬†John Wayne Parr posted a video of the fight with Shane Chapman on his page on Facebook. “Back when I fought Chopper [Shane Chapman] from New Zealand in 2005 K-1 Max qualifier in Tokyo,” he wrote in the caption.

“We had fought twice before and this was the rubber match. It was a great fight for me, only because Chopper cut so much weight before the fight to make the 70kg limit. I could see when the referee bought us together that he still hadn’t fully recovered. I decided then & there I was going to attack his body to snatch his cardio.”

“No better feeling then winning by stoppage. Even more exciting with over 10,000 people in the crowd.”

The era of K-1 and K-1 World Max in Japan arguably played the major role in popularizing kickboxing and its characters among public globally. The leading television networks, such as Eurosport and Fox Sports among others, broadcasted the events across the Planet.

The 40-year-old John Wayne Parr is currently signed with the Bellator Kickboxing promotion. Earlier this month he made his debut in the organization taking a spectacular knockout win in Italy.

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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.

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