On Friday, Nov. 30, under the bright lights of Brisbane’s CBUS Super Stadium, Australia’s John Wayne Parr will make the walk for the final time. With 148 combined fights in muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing and mixed martial arts under his belt, and 10 world titles in the trophy cabinet, “The Gunslinger” will square off against former four-time boxing world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine in a bout that’s being billed as “World’s Collide.”
Parr is best known for being a pioneer in combat sports “Down Under,” with a list of accolades in muay Thai a mile long. He was the first Australian to compete at Thailand’s historic Lumpinee Stadium, won the prestigious King’s Cup and S-1 tournaments in 2001 and 2004 respectively, made it as a finalist on the Contenders Asia reality series in 2008 and spent stints holding the WKBF and WKA middleweight titles — just to name a few. As a repository of striking expertise, JWP is frequently sought out by some of MMA’s biggest names, from Robert Whittaker to Georges St Pierre, and is renowned throughout the world as a giant in, and an elder statesman of, the “science of eight limbs.”
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