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February 8, 2013

Quade Cooper wins first boxing bout

on 02/08/2013

Australia and Reds fly-half Quade Cooper made a spectacular start to his professional boxing career with a first round knock-out of Barry Dunnett in Brisbane on Friday night.

Cooper survived an early onslaught from Dunnett before rallying and flooring his opponent with a right cross in the closing moments of the opening round to claim the win. "I had so much fun out there I didn't want to leave the ring," said Cooper. "I'm just happy right now. It was great to have one round but I do want to get out there and do it again."

Trainer Shannon King was impressed with what he saw from his high-profile recruit who will return to the Super Rugby stage later this month. "I told him to throw a certain combination and he did that and he knocked him out," he said. "I have never had a fighter who listens like him and I think he has a huge future. We are talking about a second fight in seven months, or in his off-season, but rugby's his priority."

In the main event, former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams extened his unbeaten record to six wins with a controversial points victory over South African Francois Botha. The WBA international heavyweight contest was scheduled for 12 rounds but was ended after 10 in bizarre circumstances and with Williams clearly struggling.