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Exclusive interview with "The gun slinger" John Wayne Parr



Written an made by Daniel 2008-12-30    

 (Daniel), Hello Mr Parr, thank you so much for setting aside time to answer some questions for your fans here at fansofk1.com

 (JWP), Too easy, its holiday time so I have time on my side while I am not getting fat over the holidays.

(Q), Mr Parr, first of all I want to congratulate you for fine victory against Sean Wright at the recent Evolution 15 event, how important was this fight for you?

(A), Every fight is important, this one was important to me because I came 2nd in the Contender and had to prove to everyone it wasn't a fluke.

(Q), Where do you move on from here, do you have any upcoming fight/s that you could tell us more about?

(A), I was suppose to fight in Jamaica on a Dennis Warner show in March against Lomsongkan but the show is on hold for now, I have a fight in April on the next Evolution show in Brisbane, no idea against who yet. Maybe in May there is talk of a rematch with Zambidis in Melbourne 5 rounds under K-1 rules so hopefully it will be a busy year.


(Q), There are rumours saying that we might see you in a K-1 Scandinavia event during 2009, is that something that you can confirm?

(A), I would love the chance to get over there. I have been invited twice by the event producer Kasra but unfortunately have not been able to attend both times, one with a broken rib 3 weeks out from Nathan Corbett sparring (don't spar heavy weights 100% if your a middle weight) and the other one my father passed just before the show so my head was not in a good place. I hope Kasra can give me another chance to prove myself.

(Q), what technique do you see as the most important one to be succefull in K-1?

(A), Best technique would have to be speed. 3x3 is like a sprint, you don't have time to feel out your opponent and have to get the points straight away otherwise if you lose round 1, then you have to win the next two rounds playing catch up.

(Q), You have an impressive fight record and during your last twelve fights you have eleven wins against world-class fighters, where in the Middleweight division do you rank yourself at the moment?

(A), I have no idea where I am but I hope I am in the top 5 at middle weight. Yodsanklai would have to be number 1; he beat me up in the final of Contender and has beaten me before for the WBC world title. I would love to fight him again because he is the man right now and a win over him would help push my profile to another level.

(Q), Speaking of more fights you turned 32 this year, for how much longer can we expect to see the "gun slinger" keep on fighting?

(A), No idea mate, I just hope a few more years yet. I have been doing martial arts since I was 11 and it's a way of life for me. I love the excitement of walking out in front of huge crowds and the adrenaline from winning, I have no idea how I am going to get that rush once I hang the glove up??

(Q), what's the hardest thing to handle from a fighting perspective as you get older?

(A), Mmmm, another good question. So far I have been lucky with injuries, I still feel the same as I do when I was 21yo expect I look in the mirror and see a wrinkled up old man staring back at me ha ha. Motivation is still the same, still want to be the best I can be. If anything my speed is slowing down but I am hitting harder if that makes sense.

(Q), Any other advantages from getting older?

(A), Experience, I know I have been in there bloodied and bashed but I know I can keep fighting through the pain and double vision, I know if I get knocked down I will get up and fight harder. You can't teach that to a fighter, you have to be tested over and over again to know if you can do it or not.

(Q), Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

(A), Hopefully running a successful gym, doing big promotions and teaching seminars around the world. Would like to work in the media as well somehow helping promote Muay Thai.


(Q), According to you, what is the most important thing to think about or not think about as you enter a fight?

(A), Fight your fight, don't get sucked into their game plan otherwise it's the losers' trophy for you. break your opponents' heart by hitting them as hard as you can every time you hit them, if they can take it, hit them harder.


(Q), You mentioned the Contender Asia TV series earlier, what did you gain from participating on that show?

(A), I am not sure about other countries but here in Australia so many more people know who I am now when I go anywhere. What ever state I am in Australia people are always coming up saying hello so it's quite a buzz.

(Q), Do you have any role models?

(A), I look at a lot of the past greats like Mr Dekkers and Danny Bill, I also love watching all the old Thai Super Stars, Namkabon, Orono, Sakmongkon, Sangtien, and Jongsanan.

(Q), Who are your favourite K-1 max and K-1 WGP fighters?

(A), K-1 max Buakaw and Masato are my favourites, heavy weights I enjoy watching Hari and Aerts. I miss the old days though when Lebanner, Hoost, Sam Greco, etc were around, they were the Golden years.


(Q) What other sports do you like besides martialarts?

(A), I just bought a new 250 KTM motor bike, it's so fast and such a rush. Love to be able to do the tricks the kids are doing these days, at 32yo though my balls have shrunk, lucky to ride of the gutter on the road now.

(Q) If you wouldn't have become a fighter what would you have been?

(A) I hope I would be in the entertainment industry, I like to entertain and I like being famous. I have no idea what I would do but as long as I can make people smile I am happy. maybe a comedian, for example, two cannibals are eating a clown, one cannibal asks the other "does this taste funny to you?". Or "A baby seal walked in to a Club boom boom". Yes they are bad, hangs head in shame ha ha.


(Q), How would you describe the feeling of waking up in the morning knowing that you are one of the world's most successful Muay Thai fighters an icon for the sport, admired and loved by the fans and seen as a role model world wide?

(A), Gee's, make a guy blush why don't you. Nah I am no different then any other fighter that loves what they do for a job. Its great to win and sometimes you lose, the main thing is to try and entertain every time you step in the ring. Sometimes it's better to go out all guns blazing then to try and survive and have people yawn waiting for your fight to be over. I have been very lucky on the path I was given and the people I have met on the way, without everyone that has helped me I would still be washing dishes in the back of a restaurant somewhere.

(Q), Thanks a lot Mr Parr for your time and interesting answers, we all look forward to see more from you in 2009 and the years to come, would you like to end this interview with some words to your fans?

(A), Thank you to everyone who has ever watched one of my fights and enjoyed it. I don't have many years left as a fighter but the fights I do have I hope I can get your support again and entertain you with great knock outs. Enjoy the holiday and love your family.





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Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-03 at: 05:16
Great interview Daniel!! Thnx for posting and interviewing of course :)
This is the kind of material that will help FOK1 become an even bigger and better site.
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-03 at: 05:30
Congrats, Daniel, this is good stuff!

JWP is a great guy, realistic, down-to-earth, sympathetic. And one of the best fighters in his weight-class. A legend in this sport.
Gry (35 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-03 at: 06:28
Awesome interview and im pleased that mr Parr became a fighter instead of a comedian ;-)
I hope to see mr Parr here in Sweden soon on the Rumble Of The Kings Qualification tour. Cause mr Parr seem to be an great guy and he is one of the world's most successful Muay Thai fighters.. So pleas Kasra, invite him again!!

(PS mr Parr is not old and he have many years left as an professional fighter.)
Ali (322 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-03 at: 07:51
nice interview I appreciate it. I hope to see him fight in the max
fedbymum (92 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-04 at: 04:49
Nice to read a very good interview with JWP. His personality really shine through those typed lines.
Pablo (795 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-04 at: 06:42
Amazing insight into the mind of so great a fighter. He's quite down-to-earth and seems to have a very definite, realistic idea of his art and the moment of his glorious career. Daniel should be heartily congratulated by this awesome contribution, he's a natural born interviewer. A fine surprise to beguin the year!
John (5 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-05 at: 01:48
parr is thà man!
Madeleine (7 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-05 at: 08:01
Yes,a very good interview,it was interesting to read,and John seems like a nice guy i think,after reading this.Keep up the good articles u wright,u are a star in that area,looking forward to the next one!by the way,i think that the clown history was fun....Have it lovely.
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-06 at: 01:08
Great interview Daniel. Exaclty the stuff we're looking for on FansOfK1.com!
Cdn Mongoose (1425 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-06 at: 03:45
great stuff....

Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-06 at: 04:19
Thanx alot for the nice comments, i tresure them!

The feeling that i got about Mr Parr is that he is an extremly nice person, humble, down to earth and funny. Im sure that we will see alot more great fights from Mr Parr and i hope that we will soon se him back in K-1 since i truly belive that he could be on of the top fighters in the MAX division!
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-06 at: 10:17
Daniel, you must have thrilled to really be eye to eye with JWP....?
Congrats that you succeeded in making contact with such a great fighter. This is good for this site. Good interviews with high-level fighters can get the recognition we'd like.
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-06 at: 10:36
@D-rop,, Man i wish i would have been both face to face with Mr Parr and also been in Australia!! the idea of trading away snow for sun, and work for meeting Mr Parr brings a smile to my face =)..But no D-rop this interview was not done face to face, it was done thanx to the wounder of evolution and techical progression called internet =).. But i do hope that i will get a chance to meet Mr Parr if he gets invited once again to K-1 Scandinavia, crossing my fingers...
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-07 at: 09:52
This interview have made me happy for days - a well done to you Daniel and thanks to you Mr Parr for sharing this with us.

P.S: I´ve probably read it a dussin of times and must say I smile everytime i read it...not very common in fighter interviews like this, but you two made it great. Keep up the good work and look forward to see you fight here in Sweden Mr Parr. Cheers mates! ;-)
JWP (3 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-13 at: 09:30
Hi Everyone,
Glade you enjoyed the interview. Yes I know, my jokes are terrible but like fighting after every bad one hopefully get lucky with a funny one sooner or later. Whats the difference between Neil Armstrong and Michael Jackson??
One has walked on the moon, the other one has sex with Kids!

What do you think, is that one better??

Thanks Daniel for the interview, was fun.
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-14 at: 01:02
Hi JWP (is it really you?), nice to see you participating on FansOfK1.com

Sorry, I liked you joke about the cannibals better =)
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-14 at: 05:13
@JWP: Terrible jokes are fun ;-) Happy to see you posting on our site, keep it comming! ;-)
Gry (35 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-14 at: 07:36
Because I have very sick sense of humor, all bad joke was funny! =)
Take care JWP and hope to see you here in Sweden soon.
Dillitante (185 posts)
Posted: 2009-03-01 at: 04:47
Wow, JWP!! That's awesome...Keep it coming, fights AND jokes! I'll be watching either way.
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