Brophy's burly boxing troupe is headed for the Rose City

Fred Brophy (left), with boxer James Ellis, is heading to the Rose City this Warwick Show, so gear up boys and girls and get ready for some boot-stompin' brawlin'.
Fred Brophy (left), with boxer James Ellis, is heading to the Rose City this Warwick Show, so gear up boys and girls and get ready for some boot-stompin' brawlin'. Kevin Farmer

RALLY 'round the drum, boys, rally 'round the drum, the showies are in town and there's money to be won.

At all the local stock camps the word is gettin' 'round, there's no doubt about it, Fred Brophy's in town.

Troy Cassar-Daley couldn't have sung it better, and it's time we joined the chorus, because the Fred Brophy Famous Boxing Troupe is headed to the Rose City.

'Tent boxing' has been banned in the US and UK and has ruffled enough soil in Australia to limit its showing to just Queensland and the Northern Territory.

It brings with it a fierce tribe of brawlers and leaves behind spatters of blood and a sweet smell of victory.

This Warwick Show, bear witness to some of the most entertaining fighting around and if you're keen to step up to the plate, even if it does take a gulp of liquid courage, then the Brophy fighters are more than willing to accommodate.

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president Neville Fanning said he was excited to have the troupe heading to Warwick.

"He brings his troupe of boxers and we get some local fighters to get up and have a fight in a big marquee and it really is great entertainment," Mr Fanning said.

Brophy's shows are scheduled for Saturday April 6, and times to be confirmed.

With this year's show (April 5-7) being so close to the Sydney Royal Easter Show (March 21-April 3) and Toowoomba Show (April 11-13), fears numbers would be down on previous years were hard to ignore.

Mr Fanning said the show team were thinking positively and wouldn't let that ruin the Warwick Show.

"The problem pops up from time to time and we can't do much about it," he said.

"We did try and change the date but it was too late to change it so the show will still go on."

Mr Fanning said some areas of the agricultural competition would be affected by lack of numbers with the two royal shows so close, but all was not lost.

"There will be some sections that will be affected but certainly not all of them," he said.

"We will just have to work around it and try and encourage entries from people who won't be going to those shows.

"It would be a tragedy to see this show die out, so we'll be working really hard to make this the best show we can."

 

If you're going to step into the ring and take on a Brophy fighter - let us know! Phone 4660 1316.



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