With Diego’s HQ being based in Burleigh for so long, Diego’s has always sought opportunities to support those in the local community. We jumped at the chance to sponsor Jasmine Parr (Jazzy), a boxer and kick boxer who also calls Burleigh home.
This month we invited Jazzy to have a chat with us while she learnt how to make Birria Taco’s (her requested cuisine) with Diego’s chef Aîda for our latest episode of Cooking with Diego’s.
Jasmine fights out of her family owned Boonchu Gym, in Burleigh Heads. At the young age of 19, she has already fought in a wide variety of modalities like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts, while also building her gymnastics career.
Parr was born and raised on the Gold Coast by her father John Wayne (10-time Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion) and her mother Angela Rivera-Wayne (2-time Kickboxing World Champion).
Jasmine began competing at the age of eight and has had 26 fights as of November 2021. Her record currently stands at 19 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. She is a multi-time national junior Muay Thai championwho has fought overseas in Canada, Thailand and England, the latter of which included winning an ICO Intercontinental Championship.
December 4, 2021, the bout was for the Australian Super Flyweight Boxing Championship, and she defeated her opponent, and claim her first professional boxing championship, just over 20 years after her father claimed the Australian Middleweight Boxing Championship in July 2001.
Parr revealed in February 2022 that she had begun the transition into mixed martial arts and planned to make her professional MMA debut in late 2022.
“Boxing has been my discipline teacher, not just in fighting but also in my daily life, says Jasmine.
“Without discipline you are average. Discipline helps me work hard every day, and to appreciate the days when I’m not training and focusing on fighting. There’s been plenty of times when I had to sacrifice time with my friends, to train for longer hours at the gym. I’ve loved combat sports since I was young and felt that it was my destiny to become a professional fighter. Even though I’ve been surrounded and raised by world champions my entire life, I still have to put a lot of effort and time into being a good fighter myself.”
Jasmine is a busy bee with lots of daily commitments and long hours of training in the gym. She tries to make time for self-care as much as she can, taking restoring naps and having nourishing meals.
“My mum’s family is from Mexico, so Mexican food and culture has always been a part of my life. It made sense to me to be aligned with local Burleigh based business, Diego’s who shares my passion for authentic Mexican food.
“Most mornings I start my day with a breakfast burrito with Diego’s tortillas, chorizo, cheese, avocado, and sauce. When I am competing, I have six meals a day and I opt for smaller food portions packed with different nutrients. I use Diego’s tortillas for smaller bites like tacos and have more fruit and vegetables instead of chocolate and sugar. If I am not competing, I eat everything I could possibly eat (laughs).”
Jasmine confesses she finds motivation in the rush of being in the ring and how good it feels to be a winner.
“When you are in the ring, you are all on your own. It’s you versus your opponent. It is your responsibility to push yourself and get to that next level to win and showcase your skills”.
Jazzy has announced her next fight will be on 9th July details here