The Courier-Mail

Tough guys help

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SOME of the tough­est men and women in Queens­land will be putting their best feet for­ward for char­ity in a huge mar­tial arts event at Cleve­land Show­grounds on Au­gust 22.

Thirty com­peti­tors will put the boot into each other and kick­start fundrais­ing ef­forts for four-year-old Ip­swich girl So­phie Leonard, who has been fight­ing an ag­gres­sive form of can­cer called neu­rob­las­toma since doc­tors found a tu­mour the size of a fist on her kid­ney last year.

Mar­tial arts great John Wayne Parr, who also held the na­tional ju­nior-mid­dleweight box­ing ti­tle, is train­ing three fight­ers for the 15-bout Muay Thai card.

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