Boxing show can ring bells
FRED Brophy had more challengers at Mount Isa this year than he had fighters in his travelling boxing troupe.
He sees that as a sign that Australia’s fighting spirit is alive and well and support for the last travelling boxing show in the world is not waning.
He has been coming to Mount Isa at rodeo time now for 37 years. Normally he has a tent in the city and one at the rodeo ground.
This year there was no rodeo ground tent, just the one in the city.
Fred is not a fan of Mount Isa’s new rodeo ground and said there was not enough room at the grounds for the second tent.
He said he would much prefer if the rodeo had stayed where it was on the city’s outskirts at Kalkadoon Park rather than moving into the new American- style facility more than a decade ago.
“But I like the way now they have the mardi gras in town. They are trying to bring back some atmosphere to the city,” he said.