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Cooper wins boxing debut in 1st round TKO
Laine Clark
22:15 AEST Fri Feb 8 2013

All of a sudden, there is another car crash to investigate for Barry Dunnett.

Power-punching Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper made a spectacular professional boxing debut by dropping Brisbane insurance agent Dunnett in the first round of their cruiserweight bout on Friday night.

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Car crash assessor Dunnett (1-2 record) said ahead of his bout with Cooper that he wanted to step up for all frustrated pro fighters and end the "annoying" habit of code hoppers like the Queensland Reds playmaker switching to boxing.

Dunnett tried to keep up his end of the bargain with a sparkling start to their fight, almost dropping Cooper in the first round in a sobering introduction for him to the sport.

However, Cooper bounced back magnificently to fell Dunnett with a stunning combination, ensuring the fight was all over within three minutes.

Dunnett had talked the talk ahead of the fight and appeared to walk the walk, looking every bit the fighter who had drawn respect in Brisbane circles from his Muay Thai background.

However, Cooper bounced back from an early Dunnett assault to stun his opponent and ensure a perfect start to his professional career.

The only downside for Cooper was that his Reds teammates had missed out on his historic debut.

Queensland were playing their final pre-season Super Rugby trial against defending champions the Chiefs on the Sunshine Coast on Friday night.

"I wish him well but it is on the same time so we can only see it on TV," Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie said.

"It's a bold initiative from him to stand up in front of everyone. I will be interested how he goes."

Reds captain James Horwill said the Reds were filthy that they could not attend Cooper's debut.

"But I am sure I will see enough highlights. It's not like they will miss it."


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