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10 September, 2021

Gazza’s Goss, Let’s get ready to rumble

Former Boxing Champion and Cooya Beach local Danny Buzza is now helping others to enjoy the ‘Sweet Science’ of boxing.


With three Queensland Heavyweight Titles and an Australian Super Cruiserweight Title under, or should I say ‘On’ his belt, the former professional is now giving back to the sport that is his passion.

Danny moved to Cooya Beach 15 years ago, near to where his father was born in Mossman.

Since then, Danny has coached junior Rugby League and then started boxing training originally from the family garage, before setting up from a shop in Mossman.

With the help of wife Megan, they then moved into the Cooya Beach Complex, in Palm Street, about 3 years ago.

During this time, they have slowly built up the gym, holding kid’s classes starting from 7-year-olds upwards. These are held by their son Lachy, who is also a two-times Golden Gloves Champ.

Danny holds the adult classes and sparring sessions and wants to start running holiday and special afternoon programs for youths in the area who may not otherwise afford to go.

Boxing is a disciplined sport, which tends to only bring positives to people in the way of self-esteem, teamwork and of course the great cardiovascular workout you get.

Over the last three years, club members have been competing with other clubs affiliated with Sunstate Amateur Boxing League Inc.

Local boxers have come away with Gold and Silver Medals at Golden Gloves and even an Australian Master’s Title.

Since retiring, Danny has always wanted to host his own Boxing Tournament, especially in Douglas Shire, where his father was born.

As a result, the ‘Port Douglas Reef Rumble’ will take place on September 18th at the Port Douglas Rugby Union Club / Sports Complex.

It will be a great night of amateur boxing with lots of clubs competing, ranging from juniors to masters.

With a bar and canteen, the Port Douglas Reef Rumble will be family friendly and a real community event that everyone can enjoy, including corporate guests.

In the future, Danny is looking at making tournaments, in the Douglas Shire, a regular thing.

For more details on the event or training sessions, email:

Time to brush up on the ‘Queensberry Rules’, so it’s Gazza signing out!

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