Box­ing show can ring bells

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Matt Boland looks for the ground af­ter tak­ing a tum­ble in the bull ride.

Ben Hall on a wild ride dur­ing the sad­dle bronc event.

Clancy Mid­dle­ton Jr in the rope and tie event.

Bro­phy.

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