John Wayne Parr, a.k.a. “John Wayne,” “The Gunslinger,” or J.W.P. was born May, 1976.
JW is a Muay Thai legend – respected and loved around the world.
The current WMC Muay Thai World champion and a finalist in The Contender Asia. J.W. owns and fights out of the Boonchu Gym in Gold Coast, Australia.
He is a 10 x Muay Thai world champion, CMT champion and Australian middle weight boxing champion.
Recently retired on the 30th November 2019 after an incredible 147 professional fights, he says life is amazing and is focusing on motivating our younger generation.
John began training in taekwondo at the age of 11. Wayne competed in the Queensland titles at QE2 Stadium, where he won a silver medal after winning 2 fights and losing the final in 1988. In 1990 Parr started kickboxing, training for a few months before having to move to Sydney. In 1991 Parr moved to New South Wales. Wayne found a new kickboxing gym and had his first fight aged 14, losing on a split decision. In 1992 the Parr family moved again to Mornington in Victoria. In 1993 at the age of sixteen, his family moved back to Queensland, and Parr began training with Blair Moore. Moore was one of Queensland’s premier promoters of Muay Thai at the time.
In 1996 Parr moved to Thailand and lived in a Muay Thai camp for four years, training in Pattaya and Bangkok, competing in 30 fights and winning two world titles.
During his career in Thailand, he imitated a gunfighter by drawing a gun from his holster at the end of the wai khru before the bout, and this caught the Thai public’s fancy. He gained popularity in Thailand, was voted Best Farang Fighter of the year in 1997, fought at Lumpinee Stadium three times, and at his first Thai king’s birthday. In 1999 Parr moved back to Australia to open his own training facility “Boonchu Gym” and he also started participating in traditional boxing bouts.
On November 30th 2019 JWP officially announced his retirement – dominating the boxing bout between Anthony Mundine at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Congratulations JWP on your celebrated career and contribution to these sports.