A colourful description of a looming superfight has inadvertently caused a stir and 'mass confusion' for an unwary skateboard competition.
A colourful description of a looming superfight has inadvertently caused a stir and 'mass confusion' for an unwary skateboard competition.

Mayor’s throwaway line sparks rumble of controversy

Mayor Jenny Hill's colourful description of Townsville's looming superfight has inadvertently caused a stir and "mass confusion" for a skateboard competition in Mackay.

When the Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu fight was first announced, Cr Hill dubbed it the "rumble on the reef".

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Unfortunately, the name was already taken.

For the past three years, Mackay's Rumble on the Reef has brought skateboarders from overseas and across the country to the sugar city.

But now, the social media presence of the Horn v Tszyu fight is causing mass confusion.

"We know it's a great name," Rumble on the Reef organiser Donny Fraser said. "I can see why people would wanna use it."

Boxers Tim Tszyu and Jeff Horn at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Picture: Evan Morgan
Boxers Tim Tszyu and Jeff Horn at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Picture: Evan Morgan

Mr Fraser said he understood it was a reference to the iconic Muhammad Ali boxing clash with George Foreman,Rumble in the Jungle, but has created confusion.

Mr Fraser said at least one family had accidentally booked flights to Townsville instead of Mackay after getting the two events confused.

While the Rumble on the Reef slogan has never appeared officially on Horn v Tszyu advertising, it has been used extensively in the media and by Townsville City Council.

Yesterday, the council's What's On in Townsville site still had it listed under the name.

Jeff Horn promoter Dean Lonergan said he really liked the name when Cr Hill first mentioned it, but soon realised it was taken.

Jeff Horn at Glenn Rushtons Gym . Pic Annette Dew
Jeff Horn at Glenn Rushtons Gym . Pic Annette Dew

Cr Hill said her use of the phrase was a throw back to the famous fight.

"It's a very common reference in the boxing community," she said.

"I wasn't aware there was a sports event in Mackay which called itself the Rumble on the Reef," she said.

"I'm happy to refer to the Horn/Tszyu fight as 'Townsville's Rumble on the Reef' going forward."

Originally published as Mayor's throwaway line sparks rumble of controversy


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