Mundine vows to topple ‘deadset legend’
Anthony Mundine wants to finish his fighting career with a bang but he may be walking into an ambush against "The Gunslinger", Gold Coast kickboxing great John Wayne Parr.
The pair of combat sports veterans came fist to fist in Brisbane on Saturday night to announce their November battle, Mundine's first ring appearance since Jeff Horn knocked him out in just 96 seconds at Suncorp Stadium last November.
The bout will take place either at the Gold Coast Convention Centre or Brisbane Convention Centre.
Mundine says he does not want his storied sporting career that included 134 first-grade rugby league games and 57 pro fights to be remembered for the Horn loss.
He says he has the utmost respect for Parr and is "pumped" for the challenge.
"He's a deadset legend," Mundine said. "He's internationally known. I've got nothing but respect for the brother. But I'm going to show him who's his daddy in the boxing ring.''
He said the fact Parr would likely start favourite given his recent activity only made the challenge greater.
"They'll all be asking, 'Can Mundine still do it? Can he come back yet again?''
Mundine hopes to soon start sparring in Brisbane with two-time world title challenger Dennis Hogan.
"I want to make sure I'm in tip-top shape because John Wayne Parr will be,'' he said. "This is Australia's version of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor MacGregor fight - two champs from different fight sports and we know how that one finished. The slick boxer won easy."
The weight limit of 75kg will be 4kg more than when a weight-drained Mundine succumbed to Horn's booming left hook.
Mundine is 44 and Parr, 43, although the Gold Coast fighter has been much more active in the ring in recent years, winning kickboxing bouts in Brisbane, Florence, London and California.
Parr had his first kickboxing fight at 14 but in 1998 he started mixing his kickboxing career with life as a professional boxer. He won the Australian middleweight boxing title at Jupiters Casino in 2001.
In 13 pro fights his only defeats were against world champ Sakio Bika, Australian champ Ian McLeod and world title challenger Nader Hamdan. He was never stopped.
He has held multiple world kickboxing titles and is confident he will be too physically tough and battle-hardened for Mundine, who is a former world super-middleweight boxing champion.
Parr has another kickboxing bout in Japan scheduled for August 18 as a warm-up for the Mundine fight.
"My last boxing fight was 2003 against former WBC world champion Sakio Bika that I lost on points over 12 rounds,'' Parr said. "My KO ratio in boxing is 100 per cent with 10 wins, 10 knockouts, so I know if I can land I can hurt whoever it is in front of me.
"I'm doing this to secure my legacy as one of Australia's greatest.''