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28 MAY 2018

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David Brophy – Middleweight Miracle

Brophy (4-0) on the attack - Photo SW33TSCIENCE/Shabba Shafiq
Brophy (4-0) on the attack - Photo SW33TSCIENCE/Shabba Shafiq

By Tom Gray


Competing within professional boxing is an unpredictable and arduous task. To condition one’s self for combat is a gruelling and physically demanding process which requires years of sacrifice and a willingness to endure, where many cannot.


As you will soon discover David Brophy, a tall and exceptionally conditioned middleweight, is an undefeated prospect with a difference because this 21 year old’s capacity to endure, was tested to the full, before his journey into professional prize fighting had even begun.


“I played football and had a professional contract with Dundee Utd,” recalls the Caldercruix star. “But I had to stop when I was nineteen due to a serious leg injury, which brought about blood clots and could have led to amputation.”


“The leg was badly broken and, as a result, it is now loaded with metal from the knee down. Before the operation, two doctors told me that I wouldn’t be able to walk normally again.”


A natural athlete, Brophy slowly battled back and decided to pursue boxing after excelling at the sport as a teenager; “I started when I was a kid - just for the training. A friend and I went to the gym for a laugh but I took to boxing like a duck to water.”


“I only had thirty amateur fights but won three Scottish titles, two British silvers and I reached the quarter finals of the European Championships in Albania, when I represented Scotland."


Brophy has crammed a huge amount of life experience into twenty one years and his maturity certainly belies that number. Down to earth, courteous and professional, he has a strong and committed work ethic which is largely responsible for his resurrection as a professional sportsman.


The fighter remembers his entry into the paid ranks; “A friend of mine recommended me to Billy Nelson and I went over to his gym to do a session. It was torture but he must have liked what he saw and noticed some potential. Ever since then Billy has been my manager and trainer.”

The Fighting Scots Gym, which recently relocated to Mossend, is one of the most successful stables in the UK and Brophy’s evolution has been the result of a solid fighter/ trainer relationship, which has flourished since his debut.


“Billy Nelson has made a better fighter out of me and I’ve learned to use my strengths in the ring,” states Brophy with respect.  “Billy feels that I’m very fast for a middleweight and power is secondary.  He has made me believe in myself because I’m constantly learning and progressing within the sport.”


The young prospect is not alone.


The roster assembled under “Admiral” Nelson’s tutelage is the paramount reason why boxing is enjoying its most successful period in Scotland for many years.  The gym houses a full gallery of successful fighters, whom Nelson has developed, through years of hard work.


“To be in the same gym as these guys is fantastic,” laughed Brophy with awe.  “Billy is celebrated as a trainer, Ricky Burns is world champion and then you’ve got John Simpson, Paul Appleby, Michael Roberts and Stephen Simmons.  Some of these names were on television when I was an amateur and to be around them now is a dream come true.”


Brophy is good friends with Ricky Burns and he agrees that it’s hard to overstate the two time world champions’ influence; “We all look up to Ricky.  He’s become a great role model for boxing and for sport in general.  It’s inspiring just to watch him in training, there’s nothing like it.”


Brophy’s career is just getting started but his will to succeed and break down all obstacles before him is a magnificent character strength, which he has already exhibited outside the ring.  This reporter certainly feels that he will have no problem displaying that very same courage inside of it.


“I’m not the kind of guy who talks big,” states Brophy in a shy tone.  “I just want to learn everything that I can and keep my head down.  I’m looking to have another five or six fights in 2012 and, all going well, get to ten fights undefeated.”


David Brophy will make his next appearance on April 6th at Dalziel Park in Motherwell, a show promoted by Alex Morrison and Billy Nelson.



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