Gympie local an undefeated Fred Brophy star
GYMPIE'S Danny Hawkins has never been beaten in Fred Brophy's boxing ring.
The 39-year-old will try to keep his impressive record intact when he pulls on the gloves again at the Kilkivan Hotel on November 21.
Hawkins has been a member of the historic troupe since the end of 2013.
Fighting under the stage name Afro Savage, Hawkins has been a crowd favourite on tour. He said he earnt his name because of the prominent facial hair he had when he joined the troupe.
The former Gympie Devils player started his fighting career after a bout at Billy the Kid kickboxing gym in Gympie.
He won three fight nights and was eager to test his skills against some stiffer competition. The night he visited Fred Brophy's boxing tent they were short a fighter.
They asked him to jump into the ring and he hasn't left since.
The Gympie resident of nine years travels around Outback Queensland with the boxing show.
The boxers fight three, one-minute rounds but can face up to four different opponents as volunteers can tag in friends.
"I like the rush you get from it and the fear factor not knowing who you are going to fight," Hawkins said.
Usually one female and seven male fighters will compete at the events, usually held on a Friday or Saturday night.
"Some (fighters) have been there for 15-20 years."
The father of three said all the fighters have lives to go back to but he does not see himself retiring soon.
"I've still got a few years left in me," Hawkins said.
Hawkins has been in 30 fights since joining the troupe and is usually partnered against brawlers or rugby league players.
Before he began boxing Hawkins played league for 29 years as a member of the Gympie Devils.
The next show in Kilkivan will be a special night for the boxer as his parents will travel from Sydney to watch him fight for the first time.