TOUGH STUFF: Fighter's go toe-to-toe in the Brophy boxing tent
TOUGH STUFF: Fighter's go toe-to-toe in the Brophy boxing tent Craig Warhurst

ROLL UP, ROLL UP

IT TAKES a special something to get in the ring with one of Fred Brophy's fighters.

Under the lights of his world famous boxing tent, many a weekend warrior has tempted fate.

You can smell the sweat and the anticipation. You can see the fear in the challenger's eyes and the focus on the fighters' faces.

You can hear the cheering crowd over the top of the dull thuds of leather landing on skin and you can feel the sweat and water bounce off a fighter's head when a punch connects, spraying the crowd.

This is the one and only place where you can experience a scene like this in the world. This is Australian sport in its purist form - and tonight Fred Brophy and his travelling troupe of prize fighters are taking all comers at the Kilkivan Hotel.

Brophy is an icon of not only the sport of boxing but also the Australian outback.

His tent and his fighters peddle their wares from Mt Isa to Birdsville.

From Kilkivan to Brisbane and everywhere in between, with the man himself vowing the show will go on despite repeated calls for its termination.

"The people want it, and the people need to be entertained,” he told The Gympie Times last month.

In his final fight for the year, hard-hitting Gympie boxer Danny Hawkins will be looking to keep his undefeated record in tact.

The Kilkivan shows marks the end of the troupe's season, with fighting not scheduled to begin again until next March.

The boxing action starts at 7.30 tonight at the Kilkivan Hotel.

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