WATCH: John Wayne Parr defeats Anthony Mundine in retirement bout
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.
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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.
Text by John Coomer.