Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Quade Cooper Plans To Continue His Boxing Career

Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper is looking forward to a return to the boxing ring after an impressive professional debut in Brisbane on Friday night.

Being a Wallabies playmaker may sound like a dream occupation - but Quade Cooper reckons it pales in comparison to being a professional boxer.

In the strongest sign yet that he will follow the lead of great mate Sonny Bill Williams, Cooper said he had savoured his professional boxing debut in Brisbane on Friday night - and did not rule out throwing on the gloves again this year.

The Queensland Reds five-eighth spectacularly announced himself on the pro circuit by softening up Brisbane car crash insurance agent Barry Dunnett with a lightning combination before dropping him with a huge right - all within the first round of their cruiserweight bout.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has been diplomatic about Cooper's boxing future, sticking with the "we will cross that bridge when we come to it" line.

However, it seems Cooper would like another boxing fix sooner rather than later after lapping up the limelight at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre ahead of ex-All Black Williams' WBA international heavyweight title fight with South African legend Francois Botha.

"Once I go into the ring there's all the lights, all the cameras - that's where I want to be," a gushing Cooper said.

"I said to my guys afterwards I didn't want to get out of the ring.

"I would love to have another one later on this year although I have a big year of rugby.

"So I will just continue to train so when the window of opportunity arrives in December or something like that I will be fighting fit."

Car crash assessor Dunnett (1-2 record) said ahead of his bout with Cooper that he wanted to end the "annoying" habit of code hoppers like the Reds playmaker switching to boxing.

And Dunnett tried to keep up his end of the bargain with a sparkling start to their fight, almost toppling Cooper in the first round in a sobering introduction to the sport for the Wallabies star.

Dunnett had talked the talk ahead of the fight and appeared to walk the walk, looking every bit the fighter who had drawn respect in Brisbane circles from his Muay Thai background.

However, Cooper bounced back magnificently to hurt Dunnett with a powerful combination, before ensuring his opponent had another car crash to investigate by sealing the fight within three minutes.

"I had so much fun, I can't explain the feeling. It was such a buzz," Cooper said.

"I am not going to lie but I was doubting whether my skill and athleticism was going to be enough.

"But once you get in there you've just got to trust your ability."

Cooper looked tense ahead of their fight following Dunnett's pre-fight barbs but claimed he had not taken offence.

"I wasn't disrespected by what Barry said," he said.

"He did a great job of building up the tension before the fight.

"He was just telling the truth (about Cooper). But I am glad I got through this and gained some experience."

The only downside for Cooper was that his Reds teammates had missed out on his debut - Queensland played their final pre-season trial against defending champions the Chiefs at the Sunshine Coast on Friday night.

Tags: Quade Cooper image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Rigondeaux: I'm Not a Dead Body Like Other Lomachenko Foes Malignaggi: Haymon, Dana White Spoke About McGregor Fight Frank Bruno Gets Trainer's Licence From BBBofC Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam Finalized For October 28 Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias Undercard Update Daniel Jacobs HBO Special To Debut on November 4 Pulev Reportedly Injured, Anthony Joshua Fight in Jeopardy Photos: Lauren Tries To French Kiss Cecilia Braekhus at Presser Whyte: Wilder May Face Audley Harrison Again Instead of Me! Benavidez on Sparring Ramirez: It Was So Good I Could Sell Tapes Josh Warrington Aims To Land Stadium Fight With Carl Frampton Weekend Review: The Rise of Jermell Charlo Hurd's Plan: Make Mandatory Defense, Fight Lara, Then Charlo Spence: Thurman Has Been Making Excuses; I'm Waiting On Him Mayhem at 154: Post-Tripleheader Report Card Josh Taylor Believes Ricky Burns Fight is No Longer Viable Skeete: Jeff Horn Will Not Have Easy Time With Gary Corcoran Groves: Eubank Not Good Enough, His Very Best Can't Beat Me! Kessler Motivated: I'll Repay Support of Fans With a Great Victory Lemieux vs. Saunders Negotiations Going 'Well' For December 16 Morales, Klitschko, Hatton, Winky: One Hall of a Problem Mikkel Kessler Hit By Borrelia, Return Delayed Until March 2018 Thurman: Crawford Must Be Relevant Welterweight Before We Fight Joshua Warned Klitschko: Finish Me or I Knock You The F*** Out! Tony Luis Targets Top Names at 135 After Latest Win Ramirez: I Want DeMarco Rematch, Stoppage Was Way Too Early Horn's Coach: We'd Beat McGregor Better Than Mayweather Did Lara: I'm Going To Clean Out The Whole 154-Pound Division! Kovalev-Shabranskyy: WBO To Rule This Week if Title is at Stake Mares: March or April - I'm Ready For Leo Santa Cruz Rematch Hurd Surprised, Didn't Believe Trout Would Stand, Trade With Him Team Horn Will Attempt To Secure Conor McGregor Fight Next Spence Explains Turning Down Miguel Cotto Fight, Golden Boy Kevin Johnson Shocks Pianeta, Granat Update, Morell-Fornling Dillian Whyte vs. Robert Helenius Set for WBC Silver Title Photos: Erislandy Lara Dominates, Drops Terrell Gausha Groves is Confident: Eubank Jr. is Just Not Big Enough For 168! Photos: Jarrett Hurd Breaks Down, Batters, Stops Austin Trout Erislandy Lara: I'd Fight Jermell Charlo - Business is Business! Photos: Jermell Charlo Demolishes Erickson Lubin in One
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement