Fight 11 - JWP vs Zidov
Card: JWP vs Dominik Zidov
This bout pits the very experienced JWP against Dominik Zidov, a seemingly unknown before this show. Round starts in typical Muay Thai style-both fighters exchanging low and midsection kicks. John gets the better stuff through and rattles Zidov with a right straight punch 30 seconds in. John smirks and teases Zidov inviting him to counter. With his guard high, Zidov remains tentative and unperturbed.
The gunslinger seems confident to the point of cockiness! He closes in on Zidov with his guard down as his footwork evolves to dancing and taunting. Zidov retaliates but misses as John counters with style and creativity - he attempts a spinning elbow that makes only partial contact. The crowd is delighted by John’s antics although he seems more concerned with showing off than putting his strikes through.
Round ends! The Aussie breaks into a big smile and waves to the crowd. John is taking his time and having fun! Zidov seems a little overwhelmed and intimidated by the occasion. John is going to take this one for sure!
Good start to the round with Zidov working on the low kicks. John feints and lands continuous kicks before stopping to taunt Zidov again.
Awesome stuff! Zidov fakes with a knee followed by a 1-2 but falls straight into John’s jab and into the canvas! John seems to be able to anticipate everything that Zidov’s throwing at him. The Swiss is trying desperately to find a way past John’s defense and ring mastery.
The showman in John emerges again as he slips while attempting a spinning kick that completely misses the target! John drops Zidov with a hook with 30 seconds remaining. Referee intervenes and Zidov beats the count. Round ends with John smacking a push kick into Zidov’s face.
JWP dominates again. I reckon he could have finished Zidov even in the first round if he was not playing to the crowd with his antics.
John starts the exchange with low kicks and punches. Finally! Mr. John Wayne Parr has decided to stop playing around and go for the kill! Zidov goes down from John’s low kick-reverse punch combo but quickly recovers.
John lands a big hook at the 50 seconds mark to leave the Swiss smelling the canvas again! Zidov is closing his eyes in face of the attacks. He goes down again from a seemingly innocent looking punch.
90 seconds into round. John chases with his fists as Zidov backs off into the ropes. John lunges into the ropes with a big roundhouse followed by a huge right cross! Zidov slumps into the canvas! He does not look like he is going to make it back on his feet this time.
Zidov normally fights at a weight class lower than John. He is clearly no match for the stronger and more experienced Australian. Nevertheless, he brought a lot of spirit to this entertaining bout, getting back on his feet after being floored at least five times!