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Cooper wants more fights

09th February 2013 09:12


Quade Cooper Reds Boxer 2013

Quade Cooper: Enjoyed his first boxing bout

Reds fly-half Quade Cooper said he enjoyed his first professional boxing fight and wants another bout in the ring later this year.

The 24-year-old won his first professional fight spectacularly with a first round knockout of fellow Australian Barry Dunnett on the undercard of former World Cup-winning All Black Sonny Bill Williams's heavyweight title fight against veteran South African Frans Botha in Brisbane on Friday.

An enthusiastic Cooper said he wanted another fight sooner rather than later and foreshadowed a possible return to the ring after his rugby commitments were finished with the Reds and the Wallabies later this year.

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

"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."

Cooper took a couple of blows early from Dunnett before bouncing back to hurt his opponent with a powerful combination, sealing the fight within three minutes.

"I had so much fun, I can't explain the feeling," he added.

"It was such a buzz.

"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."

The only downside for Cooper was that his Reds team-mates had missed out on his boxing debut as they were playing in their final pre-season trial against defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs at the same time as his fight.

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