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Jazzy Parr: John Wayne Parr’s daughter chasing boxing glory after switch from Muay Thai

Parr returns to the ring on Saturday for her fourth professional bout, where she hopes to defend her WIBA flyweight title against Brianna Harrison at Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast.

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As she has been throughout her young career, she will be cornered by her father, combat sports icon, “John” Wayne Parr.
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After growing up on Muay Thai and kickboxing, the 20-year-old Parr said she feels like she’s found a “home” in the boxing ring.
“Before my first boxing fight, I didn’t want to fight boxing. That wasn’t a part of the goal at all,” “Jazzy” told Sporting News.
“I took the boxing fight because it was a massive opportunity and as soon as I got in the ring, I was like, ‘This feels like home.’ And I knew that was what I wanted to do.”
Parr claimed the Australian title in her debut, the same belt her dad had won in 2001.
“As soon as I got out of that ring and had that belt, I knew I wanted more and that’s the goal,” she said.
“I want to keep going all the way to the top.”
Despite a professional boxing record of 11-3, John Wayne Parr made his name in the Muay Thai and kickboxing scene, building a worldwide fanbase and collecting countless honours over a career spanning more than 20 years.
Jasmine, the eldest of three children, had her first kickboxing fight aged eight and looked to be following in not only her father’s footsteps but also those of her mother, Angie, herself formerly a world class fighter.
While she’s still in the hurt business, Parr said she’s now got her eyes set on boxing glory.
“The plan was always that I was going to do Muay Thai and once I’d got a world title or kind of kicked some goals in Muay Thai, I was going to transition to MMA,” she explained.

“Since that boxing fight, I just really want to stick with boxing and I think this is what I’m going to do for hopefully the rest of my career.”
Despite reaching the pinnacle of his sport, John Wayne Parr didn’t enjoy the same financial rewards on offer for those at the top in boxing.
The 47-year-old is fully supportive of his daughter’s venture down the boxing path.
“At this stage, she’s definitely got the taste and the prizemoney is almost triple of her Muay Thai money that she’s made so far,” Parr told Sporting News.
“Financially, it’s a wiser career move.
“I’ll support her either way. As a father, you’ve got to love your kids for whatever form of violence they like to do to other people.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than watching the kids create their own legacy and chase their own dreams.”
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Having been the fighter inside the ropes so often, John Wayne reflected on the challenges of being a trainer, and a father.

“I don’t really get nervous, I get excited. It’s so exciting to walk out behind them and to be in their corners and have them execute the stuff I’m helping them with, seeing the shots that they can’t see,” he said.
“And then when they pull it off, we win together, we win as a family. It’s really cool. I’m very lucky and proud of all three kids.
“When it’s time to fight, you’ve got to take your father hat off and put your trainer hat on. You can’t get emotional.
“Once emotions get in the way of things, then you’re sort of blindsided a little bit.
“I try and keep as professional as I can, trying to see the openings and the shots.”
In preparation for Saturday’s fight, Jazzy travelled to Thailand for a two-month camp, again treading the same path as her old man.
“She trained at the same camp I trained at back in 1996-2000. It’s gone full circle, same camp, same everything,” he said.
“It’s really cool having the little baby leave the nest and grow on her own.”
As a young fighter with a dream, Parr headed to Thailand to live the Muay Thai life, honing his skills in Spartan conditions.
His daughter believes that lifestyle has her primed for a big performance this weekend.

“It was really awesome training at the same camp that my dad trained in,” she said.
“That made him the fighter that he is and I can see why. Training eight-hour days is full on – it felt like the army.
“You wake up, go run, straight into work for four hours, go to bed, sleep, recover, refuel, then another four hours – that sh*t is hard.
“That can make or break you and it’s going to make me, I think.”
In Tim Tszyu, Australian boxing has witnessed the rise of its latest superstar, himself grappling with the challenges that come with having a legendary father.
While Jasmine Parr isn’t about to ask fans what her “motherf***ing name” is, she can relate to the situation and admits she was probably destined to be a fighter.
“I have been in the shadow of my father basically my whole life and I don’t think that’s a bad thing necessarily, but there’s been a lot of pressure my whole career,” she said.
“‘She’s only good because of her dad.’ But if I didn’t do the work and I didn’t hustle and I didn’t train my arse off every single day, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I can have it in my blood too and 100 per cent, I’m going to take that because, why not? I’ve got it in my blood so I’m going to ride that ‘til I die.”

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John Wayne heartbreak after pleading for one last film before death: ‘Hope to hell I do’

The crowning moment in his acting life came in 1970, when he earned his only Academy Award for Best Actor, as a result of his role in True Grit.

But one project that sadly never made it to life was Beau John, a film Wayne hoped would be his last.
Author Scott Eyman, who wrote ‘John Wayne: The Life and Legend’, discussed what Wayne wanted the project to be like, as well as the confession he made before he sadly passed away.
Eyman noted that Wayne’s wish was made at the end of 1978, just under a year before the western icon died in June.

Wayne reportedly felt directionless without any film work as he’d spent the last years in recovery with health issues as opposed to being behind the camera.
That year, Wayne received the Utah Film Festival’s John Ford Medallion, though he was unable to travel due to his health.
Instead, friend and director Peter Bogdanovich went to accept the award on his behalf, and when the pair were reunited Wayne asked if he’d consider the film he proposed.
Bogdanovich said: “It’s kind of a half-western thing, it’s not cowboys and Indians, you know, it’s — oh, the humour and the wonderful relationship between this grandfather and the son and the son-in-law and the grandson.
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“Wayne said, ‘I hope to hell I live to do it. Just a wonderful story’.”
His friend reassured Wayne he’d do the project, were he alive long enough to commit to it, and in his later life it became the Oscar winner’s main focus in life.
As he grew even more ill, Wayne then proposed the project to director Ron Howard, though he didn’t want anyone but the dying star to be in it.
According to the book, Wayne told Howard: “I found a book. I think it’s a movie. It’s you and me or it’s nobody.”

John Wayne died in 1979

John Wayne died in 1979 (Image: GETTY)

But sadly for Wayne, he died before anything could be done to start the movie.
Howard added: “It never got past the verbal stage.
“And at that point, he was showing signs of not being well. I was a little doubtful.”
Wayne passed away in 1979 as a result of stomach cancer, and was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach.
His legacy was secured when the American Film Institute chose him as one of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema.

He was among a select group of stars who managed to negotiate their way from the silent film era of the Twenties, into the talkies that followed.
He had seven children in total, and was married three times.

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John Wayne battled crippling injuries and heartbreaking loss on Rio Lobo set

The sight of The Duke thundering across The West on horseback remains one of cinema’s most indelible images.
Meanwhile, “Get off your horse and drink your milk” has frequently been attributed as one of John Wayne’s most famous ‘quotes.’

Despite some claims that it came from an advert he shot, it is actually almost certainly an urban myth, most likely started by comedians doing drawling impressions of the Hollywood Westerns legend.
Sadly, though, by the time the star came to film 1970’s Rio Lobo (a blatant remake of Rio Bravo) towards the end of his career, he was in so much pain struggled to get on and off his horse.
In fact, the entire film shoot was surrounded by personal tragedies for the actor.
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John Wayne on horseback in Rio Lobo

John Wayne on horseback in Rio Lobo (Image: GETTY)

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John Wayne was in agony in Rio Lobo (Image: GETTY )

It was director Howard Hawks’ final film and the third film he made with John Wayne about a beleaguered sheriff standing against outlaws.
In a 1971 interview Hawks said of Rio Lobo: “The last picture we made, I called him up and said, ‘Duke, I’ve got a story.’ He said, ‘I can’t make it for a year, I’m all tied up.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s all right, it’ll take me a year to get it finished.’
“He said, ‘Good, I’ll be all ready.’ And he came down on location and he said, ‘What’s this about?’ And I told him the story. He never even read it, he didn’t know anything about it.”

Famously, when Wayne realised it was a remake of Rio Bravo and El Dorado, he quipped: “Yes, he said, ‘Do I get to play the drunk this time?”

Hawks was less jocular after the film bombed and blamed it on 63-year-old Wayne being too old and out of shape for the role.
Critics and audiences agreed and the film took just over $4million against a production budget of $6million plus all the extra promotional costs which are often the same again.
Wayne’s physical difficulties were not due to his age, however. He had piled on weight for 1969’s True Grit and then while filming The Undefeated the same year, The Duke fell from his horse and fractured three ribs, leaving him unable to work for two weeks.
Later in the shoot, he tore a ligament in his shoulder. With no movement in one arm, he had to be filmed only from the other side.

John Wayne with a rifle in Rio Lobo
John Wayne with a rifle in Rio Lobo (Image: GETTY)

Wayne came into Rio Lobo in considerable pain, out of shape from True Grit and still suffering from a torn shoulder.
Most of his fight scenes had to be filmed with stand-ins or carefully from restricted angles. Some fights even happened off-camera. And he struggled greatly getting on and off his horse.
He also suffered two devastatimg personal blow when his mother died during filming and then his younger brother Robert E. Morrison lost his battle with lung cancer the month after filming ended.
But there was one shining moment of happiness also.

John Wayne in True Grit
John Wayne in True Grit (Image: GETTY)

Always a dedicated workhorse on set, no matter the physical injuries or personal pains, Wayne took a rare break from filming.
He had a very good reason, since it was to attend the 1970 Academy Awards. After exactly 40 years on screen, The Duke finally won the Best Actor Oscar for True Grit.
Touchingly, when he returned to the Rio Lobo set, he was greeted by the cast and crew all wearing eye patches like True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn.

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Ann-Margret recalls ‘gentle’ and ‘welcoming’ John Wayne who did her a big favour

Legendary actress Ann-Margret turns 80-years-old today on April 28, 2021. The singer, dancer and performer made quite the name for herself in Hollywood in a number of films during the early 1960s, including Bye Bye Birdie and State Fair. She is perhaps best known for her epic performance in 1964 hit Viva Las Vegas alongside Elvis Presley, with whom she shared a passionate love affair. Shortly after working with the King, she joined wild west star John Wayne in his 1973 movie The Train Robbers.

Ann-Margret played the lead in the movie – one of her first lead roles – Mrs Lowe.

The story followed her character after her husband had been killed, leaving her half-million dollars.
Mr Lowe had acquired this money from robbing banks in the wild west, however, she was keen to return it to the government to clear her name. John’s character, Lane, had different ideas. He wanted her to help find the money and claim a reward for it.
Ann-Margret recently gave an interview about her time on the silver screen, where she touched upon working with the legendary John.

Ann-Margret continued: “He was so great with my parents. So absolutely welcoming and gentle with them. And anybody who was great to my parents was on a throne in my eyes.
“I was friends with him forever. He was never [pretentious]. He had so many friends and every single person loved him.”
Ann-Margret also previously praised John for doing her an enormous favour in her time of need.
During the filming of The Train Robbers, Ann-Margret was up for an Oscar alongside her co-star Ben Johnson.
However, considering Ann-Margret was filming in Mexico she was struggling to find a way to attend the ceremony.
Without a second thought, John gave her and Ben his own private plane to allow them both to attend the ceremony.
Ann-Margret said later: “The next day, we were back on the set, and Ben had won and I hadn’t.
“I don’t know what Mr Wayne said to Ben, but he got me in a corner, and he just said some wonderful things to me.”
Ann-Margret also spoke candidly about her relationship with Elvis.
The pair enjoyed a relationship together for just over a year while filming Viva Las Vegas.

Speaking in the same interview, Ann-Margret said: “Just thinking about Viva Las Vegas, or anytime someone mentions it, I smile.
“It was one of the happiest times of my life. George Sidney, who directed Bye Bye Birdie also directed Viva Las Vegas. And believe it or not, I had never seen [Elvis] perform.”

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