LION FIGHT XXV showcased 39 year old John Wayne Parr out of Boonchu on Australia’s Gold Coast in the rubber match of a veritably mythic rivalry with 33 year old Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre from Santos, Brazil. Pivoting on the climax of their star warrior’s trilogy was the Lion Fight Super Middleweight World Championship.
John Wayne Parr’s rivalry with Brazil’s legendary “Good Boy” goes all the way back to December of 2007. JWP won a unanimous decision over Cosmo on his Brisbane home turf in Australia. In their August of 2009 rematch – again in Brisbane, Australia – Alexandre took The Force in his stride with a series of hard low kicks. He stopped the Aussie with a TKO in the second round. Do the math and their star warrior’s trilogy has spanned nearly ten years.
Having suppressed a 2012 retirement impulse that went into remission 10 months later in 2013, John Wayne Parr profiled 300+ facial stitches in his California cameo. These were the battle scars of a 10 time World Champion, runner-up to Yodsænklai Fairtex in the 2008 Contender Asia – which he turned around in a hard fought 2010 rematch – and wins over a Who’s Who in kickboxing and Muay Thai. With titles dating back to 1992, the 15 year old child prodigy JWP would come to define an entire Muay Thai and kickboxing generation.
Himself a six time world beater – owning the belt from “Its Showtime” 2010 World Championship and the winner’s trophy from WMC King's Cup December of 2009 Challenger Tournament in Bangkok – Cosmo Alexandre (51-17-1) came into the climax of this star warrior’s trilogy looking like the ripped world class athlete that he is.Both star warriors had visibly trained hard for this day of reckoning between them. Six years back to the future, what better place to screen their final episode than an exit ramp off the Hollywood Freeway?
Despite almost exactly the same amount of beef on the hoof – with Cosmo at 166.4 lbs. and JWP at 166.8 lbs. – nowhere will you see more variability in muscle mass distribution. JWP looked solid and fight-ready at 5 feet 10 inches tall with an arm reach of 72.5 inches and a leg reach of 34.5 inches. At a ripped 6 feet 1 inch, Cosmo towered over the Aussie with an arm reach of 74 inches and a whopping leg reach of 40 inches. During referee Dej Sri “Nokweed” Ampai’s instructions at the center of the ring, Alexandre’s powerful athletic frame and build made him appear six inches taller and at least one weight division heavier than the bruiser from Down Under.Cosmo Alexandre (Santos, Brazil by way of Blackzillians in Boca Raton, Florida) vs. John Wayne Parr (Boonchu in Gold Coast, Australia) Lion Fight Super Middleweight Championship │ FRMT │ 5x3 ROUND ONE The opener was clearly a feeling out round. Parr spent a lot of it with his weight on the rear leg, while tapping his lead foot up and down. He missed several low kicks that were more flirtatious than promiscuous. Cosmo fired off some aggressive strikes with especially effective knees on the RSVP. Never shy to assert himself, JWP began to press the action. Alexandre got in some good if not especially damaging licks when they mixed it up, including a gorgeous Teep kick. He lapsed into passivity, though, during those gaps where Parr refrained from indulging the Brazilian’s preference for countering. Because JWP’s pawing low kicks and hook punches seemed short and slow against the athletic Cosmo, they didn’t score on the damage meter.
Winner: Cosmo Alexandre by Unanimous DecisionThe star warrior’s trilogy was over. Jedi knights are bound together by The Force. Who wins or loses is just plot in a Muay Thai drama.
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