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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