Two boxing clubs in Warwick now under one umbrella
BOXING: The two boxing clubs in Warwick have joined together under the umbrella of the Warwick Boxing Club.
Mick Gaffney was the inaugural president of the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Football Club in 1986, which was formed from players and officials of the former Eastern Suburbs and Collegians senior clubs.
Now just more than 30 years later, he is Warwick Boxing Club president for the first year the Warwick and Rose City boxing clubs have come together under one umbrella.
"Membership has picked up and there is a positive vibe about boxing in the town, especially after the visit of world champion Jeff Horn,” he said.
"It will be better to have one bigger club than two smaller clubs and the bigger membership should help ensure our future,” he said.
"A question was asked at a Warwick club meeting about why we have two clubs in town - which started the discussion about joining together.
"The Warwick club lost its two coaches after one left town and one couldn't coach regularly due to work commitments. Rose City trainer Damien Lawler, club treasurer Wayne Watt and I got together and we decided to just have one club.”
Lawler recalls the Rose City Boxing Club being strong 15 years ago.
"The club was then inactive for about 10 years but started again five years ago,” he said.
"The Rose City club had four state champions down the years. It is only for the best we have one club.”
Gaffney is in his second term as Warwick president, Danielle Lawler is secretary, Wayne Watt treasurer and Damien Lawler head trainer. The club offers boxing and fitness training.