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    Cooper will discuss boxing with ARU boss

    Wallabies star Quade Cooper says he will try to convince sceptical ARU boss Bill Pulver that boxing is good for his rugby next time they meet.


    Quade Cooper can understand why ARU boss Bill Pulver is opposed to the Wallabies vice-captain pursuing boxing.

    However, Cooper says the noble art has only improved his rugby - a point he hopes to ram home the next time he speaks with Pulver.

    Cooper is preparing for his second professional fight - a match-up against 40-year-old Newcastle boxer Warren "The Fortress" Tresidder in Brisbane on Wednesday night as part of Anthony Mundine's undercard.

    Pulver has said boxing could be off the table when they negotiate a new ARU deal with Cooper later this year.

    But Cooper hopes to twist Pulver's arm at their next meeting.

    "I can understand his concerns around boxing. It is a very physical and demanding sport and there is a lot of risk," Cooper said on Friday.

    "But there are also a lot of benefits. Next time I talk to him I will discuss that with him.

    "Every other time I speak to him it is about rugby. So I am looking forward to chatting to him about boxing next time."

    Asked if stopping him from boxing would be a deal breaker at their next ARU contract talks, Cooper said: "Right now it is not something for me to worry about, that is up to my manager.

    "I love playing rugby but I also love boxing. It is something that I think benefits me as an athlete and being the best one that I can be."

    Still, Cooper hoped he could get out of the ring as quickly as he did in his impressive professional debut.

    Cooper missed the Queensland Reds' final Super Rugby trial against the Chiefs to fight Barry Dunnett last February and emerged with an impressive first-round knockout win.

    Cooper will next line up against 40-year-old Tresidder - 15 years his senior - who has had one professional bout which ended in a split points loss to ex-England cricketer Adam Hollioake.

    They will appear on the undercard of Mundine's WBA International middleweight title fight against New Zealand's Gunnar Jackson.

    "The quicker you can get it over with the better," Cooper said.

    "The longer you are in the ring the more opportunity there is for something bad to happen."


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