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Quade Cooper Will Face Barry Dunnett in Pro Debut

Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper will not face a powder-puff in his pro-boxing debut on February 8.

Muay Thai title contender Barry Dunnett has been named as Cooper's opponent for his KO to Drugs charity bout at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Dunnett, 32, has had two previous professional boxing bouts in 2010 but it is in Muay Thai boxing, in which fighters are allowed to use their elbows and knees, where he has built up a healthy resume that includes a Queensland light-heavyweight title fight.

Cooper makes his boxing debut on the undercard of Sonny Bill Williams's heavyweight bout with South African Francois Botha.

The fight will force him to miss the Queensland Reds' second and final preseason trial, against the defending champion Chiefs, before the Super Rugby competition kicks off.

Cooper will play in the Reds' opening trial against the Blues in Toowoomba on February 2.

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