Wallabies vice-captain Quade Cooper says no one will keep him away from boxing gym even if ARU boss Bill Pulver kills off his plans with the gloves.
Pity Quade Cooper’s embroiderer if his latest boxing moniker sticks.
The Wallabies vice-captain was introduced as “the Quintessential Quade Super Cooper” ahead of his impressive fourth round TKO cruiserweight win over veteran Warren Tresidder in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
Asked about donning the name next time he took the ring, Cooper laughed: “My shoulders aren’t that broad.
“The Reds boys had been asking during the week if I had come up with anything.
“But I don’t think I am in a position to have a nickname after two fights.”
Yet Cooper’s current nickname threatens to be longer than his actual professional boxing career.
The Queensland Reds playmaker has a taste for the sweet science after extending his perfect record to 2-0 with the convincing victory – albeit over a 40-year-old Tresidder, who was also in his second professional bout.
However, Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver has hinted that he may take boxing off the table when Cooper re-negotiates his contract after it expires this year.
Cooper’s view that boxing training had only made him a better rugby player had been backed by the likes of Reds teammates James Horwill and Will Genia and another ex-Wallabies skipper George Gregan this week.
Asked if he would fight again, Cooper said: “Yeah, hopefully.
“It is something I enjoy doing but those discussions (with Pulver) are yet to be had.
“All I am going to focus on for the rest of the year is doing all I can for the teams I am involved in – the Reds and hopefully the Wallabies after what I hope is a good Super Rugby season.”
Still, Cooper believed no one could keep him away from the boxing gym even if Pulver kills off his professional plans with the gloves.
“I didn’t need anything to whet the appetite,” he said.
“Since I put on the gloves and started training I have enjoyed it.
“And the passion will only continue to grow.
“I will still go to the gym and work on things, my conditioning (if denied by Pulver).
“I will use it as another outlet to get away from rugby when I need time away.
“As much as I love rugby, I need to keep occupied when away from Reds training.”