Arthur 'Bullet' Bradley inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame
DECADES after he first put on the boxing gloves, Arthur 'Bullet' Bradley is being recognised for his lifetime of commitment to the sport.
The boy who came from a dairy farm before gaining fame as a lightweight fighter will be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame next month.
The Queensland Boxing Supporters Association announced Bradley would be one of this year's inductees for his commitment to boxing over decades.
"It's a real honour," Bradley said.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Wooroonden, outside of Murgon, he was trained as a boxer by his father Bill Bradley.
His first professional fight was at age 15 at Tara's Hall in Nanango and before long he was travelling to Brisbane for bigger fights.
In his fighting career he won the Australian Lightweight Title but the move to the city to go professional had its difficulties.
"I detested the city," he said.
"You're walking on cement, you can't take a country boy to the city."
Despite the bright lights, big crowds and competing in large arenas, some of his fondest memories were fights closer to home.
"We used to fight at the Club Hotel, the crowds overflowed the hall," he said.
After his professional career ended, he moved back to his family farm at Wooroonden where he remains to this day.
But he has never lost his love of boxing and became a mentor for young boxers around south east Queensland.
Queensland Boxing Supporters Association President Leo Beutel said his commitment to younger boxers was one of the things that made him a legend of the sport.
"He's fought some of the great fighters but we take into who they are as a human being," Mr Beutel said. "He is one of the great guys."
He still practices at his home and as recently as 2013 he got back in the ring to fight former foe, Johnny Fooks, in a rematch of their 1967 Australian Lightweight Title bout.
Although he did win some big prize money from his fights at the height of his career, for Bradley it is the love of the sport that drove him. "There was big money in fighting but I got a million bucks worth of experiences," he said.
Arthur "Bullet" Bradley will be inducted in to the Queensland Boxing Hall of Fame next month.