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Quade can't wait to fight again



Quade Cooper loved his first taste of professional boxing and wants another bout later this year.

The 24-year-old Australian rugby international knocked out fellow Australian Barry Dunnett in the first round in Brisbane on Friday night.

The bout was on the undercard of the tournament in which All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams beat South African Francois Botha on points.

Cooper said on Saturday he wanted another fight sooner rather than later. He hinted at a return to the ring after his rugby commitments with the Wallabies and Queensland Reds.

"Once I go into the ring there's all the lights, all the cameras … that's where I want to be," the Wallaby playmaker 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 this year, although I have a big year of rugby.

"I’ll just continue to train so when the 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 Queensland Reds teammates missed out on his boxing debut as they were playing in their final pre-season trial against Super 15 champions Waikato Chiefs at the same time as his fight.



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