Rugby

Cooper wants to fight on

2013-02-09 10:16
Quade Cooper (Getty)

Sydney - Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper said on Saturday he loved his first taste of professional boxing and wants another bout in the ring later this year.

Cooper, 24, spectacularly won his first professional fight 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 in Brisbane on Friday night.

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 Wallabies and Queensland Reds 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. 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."

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 Chiefs at the same time as his fight.

Williams scored an unanimous points heavyweight victory over veteran South African Frans Botha in the main event of the night.

Read more on:    quade cooper
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Did you see enough in South Africa's 28-10 win over Australia to suggest they could upset the All Blacks at Ellis Park?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.