Tony Doherty speaks with Dennis James about the COZVID-19 lockdowns in America and Australia, canceling maybe 40 bodybuilding shows over the past 2 and a half years, canceling the Arnold Classic, continuing to keep staff working and losing money. It has been a tough year for promoters like Tony Doherty! For seven years Tony lived in hotels, traveled, did interviews, and in one day everything ground to a halt.
Tony, "The Godfather of Australian Bodybuilding" Doherty saw Arnold on TV back in the day and ever since he said, "That's it. I want to be a gym owner, a bodybuilder and a promoter. And I knew it." IFBB let him run a show in 1988 and he has never looked back.
He has a long background in promoting athletes in the Olympia when it was in Atlanta, Long Beach, and Finland, and hosted the first Australian Pro show in 2001. Dennis James was a part of that first show. And it had fireworks! And a legendary barbeque after the show on Sunday.
Up until the pandemic, that would have been their 21st show - The third longest running bodybuilding show in the world after Olympias and the Arnold.
"If I am mopping the floor, I am all-in."