Australian kickboxing champion, John Wayne Parr, is making international headlines for encouraging his 8-year-old daughter to participate in a kickboxing ring fight. The three round fight may have ended in a draw, but the controversy has just begun:
There was much controversy about the fight, sparking Parr’s father to defend the decision to allow his daughter to compete. He said that the girls would be kitted out with headgear, shin pads and 16-ounce gloves, and that this activity was no worse than other contact sports. “I think everyone’s got one life, so you may as well go it 100 percent,” he said.
Jasmine shed tears in one of the breaks between rounds of the three round fight, which ended in a draw. “I was sort of afraid when she kept kicking my leg,” she said.
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