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John Wayne Parr and Anthony Mundine can both retire happy after putting on an entertaining fight at the Brisbane Convention Centre tonight.
Both veterans gave their all over 10 rounds, but in the end it was Parr that came away with a split decision victory: 94-95, 96-93 and 95-93.
The fight followed a similar pattern over each of the ten rounds: Parr relentlessly stalking Mundine and throwing plenty of leather to often pin him against the ropes.
Mundine countered with some clean boxing shots whenever he could, but it was Parr’s work rate and punching power that earned him more rounds.
He put Mundine down through the ropes in Round 4 with a right hand, but Mundine recovered to see out the round.
Mundine was deducted a point in Round 8 by the referee for a punch to the back of Parr’s head.
Parr has highly emotional after the fight, confirming that it would be his last ever bout of any kind.
The 10-time Muay Thai world champion has been fighting since he was 11 years old, so he’s well and truly earned the right to put his feet up.
He was classy in victory, praising Mundine for his sporting achievements.
Despite the loss, Mundine left the ring on his feet after a wholehearted effort. That’s a better ending than his first-round KO defeat at the hands of Jeff Horn in his previous fight a year ago at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
He’s 44 now, so it’s certainly time to hang up the gloves.
Love him or hate him, you can’t argue that he’s had a great career over 25 years in two very punishing sports: rugby league and boxing.
Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine steps into the ring yet again tonight for a boxing bout with Muay Thai/ kickboxing legend John Wayne Parr (aka ‘the Gunslinger’) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Join The Roar for live round-by-round updates and a blog from 9pm AEDT.
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Mundine has had an incredible career in both boxing and rugby league. But time has caught up with him and hopefully this will be his last fight.
He’s 44 now and he was knocked out in the first round against Jeff Horn in his last bout exactly a year ago tonight.
Win, lose or draw, 43-year-old John Wayne Parr has said he’ll be hanging up the gloves after tonight’s fight.
He’s had a stellar 21-year Muay Thai/kickboxing career that also included a brief foray into boxing.
He won 10 world kickboxing titles as well as the Australian middleweight title in his boxing stint. But that was back in 2001, which was only a year after Mundine quit rugby league and started his pro boxing career.
It’s very much a bout between two battle-weary veterans.
The undercard will feature Gold Coast Titans and Queensland State of Origin forward Jarrod Wallace making his boxing debut.
Parr will be aggressive trying to go for a KO. Mundine will try and use his boxing ability to outpoint him over 10 rounds.
Parr will give it everything he has, but whether Mundine still has anything left to give remains to be seen.
It really could go either way without being a surprise. Parr is very popular, and he’ll certainly have plenty of people hoping he wins.
Time: From 9pm AEDT, Saturday 30 November
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
TV: Live stream pay-per-view via DDP Sports Management Fight Records: Mundine 48-9, Parr 10-3 (boxing) and 99-33 (Muay Thai/Kickboxing)
Betting: Mundine $1.84, Parr $1.89