Cooper keen to continue boxing
January 28, 2014
Quade Cooper won his boxing debut against Barry Dunnett last year © Getty Images
Quade Cooper has reaffirmed his commitment to continuing to mix a boxing and rugby career ahead of his fight against Warren Tresidder in Brisbane on Wednesday.
The Queensland Reds and Australia fly-half is due to discuss a new contract later this year with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), but Cooper has made it clear he believes he can happily juggle his rugby and boxing commitments. But ARU boss Bill Pulver remains a sceptic of the notion, as he was not around to sort the deal which initially allowed Cooper permission to sign up for the occasional fight.
Cooper has made it clear boxing will be very much on his agenda when he comes to sit down with Pulver and the ARU later this year.
"It's made me a more disciplined person and better athlete and only helped my rugby," Cooper told Associated Australian Press.
"I have a great passion and love for the sport. It's not interfering in my rugby and I won't let it. I love doing both. I won't let either one come in the way of the other.
"I still haven't had a chat with Bill [Pulver], but after everything is out of the way I'm sure we'll be able to sit down and chat about the future. I'm looking forward to that. Right now, I'm just looking forward to this fight.
"I'd love to continue to do it and I will continue to do it. I don't want to get too far ahead. A lot of people have spoken about my potential in the sport but potential is one thing, doing it's another.
"I'm one round into one professional fight and that's the reality of it. I've shown a love for the sport but then it's back to rugby season and trying to win a title for the Queensland Reds."
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