John Wayne Parr was introduced to taekwondo at 11 years old, and he began kickboxing a few years later, competing in his first amateur fight at 14.
Turning pro at 16, Parr captured some regional titles, including one from the ISKA. The Australian fighter became ISKA Muay Thai world champion at middleweight in 2000 and picked up the IMF Middleweight Title later that year. In 2001, Parr won the “King’s Cup” tournament at Thai King’s Birthday Event, qualifying for the 2002 Le Grand Tournoi, where he lost in the first round.
Arguably Parr’s biggest year so far came in 2004, when he went 7-3 and won the S1 World Championships tournament. That year, he was named Fighter of the Year by IronLife Magazine and International Kickboxer Magazine. In August 2005, Parr became WKBA World Welterweight champion. In 2008, Parr finished runner-up on The Contender Asia.
Now nearing 100 wins in his professional career, Parr signed with Bellator Kickboxing in 2017. He debuted at Bellator Kickboxing 5, knocking out Nando Calzetta. He followed that up in December with a TKO of Piergiulo Paolucci at Bellator Kickboxing 8.