Australian Muay Thai fighter John Wayne Parr talks Yodsanklai Fairtex of Thailand
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John Wayne Parr names Yodsanklai Fairtex as his toughest opponent

Australian fighter John Wayne Parr and the King of Muay Thai out of Thailand Yodsanklai Fairtex fought three times. Their first encounter took its place in 2005 on the Gold Coast, where the guest out of Thailand earned a unanimous decision. Their second clash was three years later at The Contender Asia Finale, held in Singapore, where the Thai fighter has similarly taken the win. The third bout happened in 2010 in Melbourne, where Australian came out victorious via a split decision.

In June Yodsanklai Fairtex announced his retirement from Muay Thai. John Wayne Parr (97-32, 45 KO) is four weeks away from his next fight at Caged Muay Thai 10 held on August 4 in Brisbane.

Talking the toughest opponent that “The Gunslinger” has faced since 1992 to date, Parr told Sharon Richards on Thursday that it has indeed been Yodsanklai Fairtex.

“Yodsanklai,” said John Wayne Parr. “Fought three times, so shared the ring with him 15 rounds. The guy has crazy power, amazing defense, and incredible boxing, plus he is a southpaw.”

Muay Thai legend Ramon Dekkers inspired John Wayne Parr

The one and only Ramon “Diamond” Dekkers is the fighter JWP admires. “[He is] the man that inspired me and pushed me the most to walk in his footsteps,” said Parr.

“[He] went to Thailand and beat the Thais at their own sport. In a time when the Thais were invincible, Ramon proved to us that they could not only be beat, but knocked out.”

“Being the only westerner in a Thai camp in Bangkok, every time I doubted myself in training or a Thai I was about to face, I would ask myself ‘what would Ramon do?’, and it would be a positive force to make me want to push forward.”