Wallaby vice-captain Quade Cooper declared yesterday on the eve of his second professional bout that the fight game has boosted his rugby career and he wants to go on boxing.
Cooper, who will take on 40-year-old Australian boxer Warren “The Fortress” Tresidder in Brisbane tonight, said he was keen to juggle both sports.
But the Queensland Reds fly-half was aware that Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver has indicated boxing could be out when negotiations start for a new deal with Cooper’s contract, due to expire later this year.
“It’s made me a more disciplined person and better athlete and only helped my rugby,” Cooper told Associated Australian Press. “And it keeps you sane. It’s a great way of escaping from the pressure of being a footballer. I love doing both.
“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’d love to continue to do it (boxing) and I will continue to do it.”
Under new rugby coach Ewen McKenzie, Cooper has revived his career and is now among the names cited to take over the captaincy with incumbent Ben Mowen eyeing a move abroad.
Australia’s international season kicks off with three tests against France in June.
“It’s a great honor to have your name thrown in the hat with the likes of Will Genia, James Horwill and Dave Pocock,” Cooper said of the other favorites who have all already led the national team.