Playmaker to haymakers: Australia's Cooper relishing boxing return

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The fear of suffering a humiliating knockout will fuel Quade Cooper when the Australia fly-half attempts to maintain his perfect professional boxing record on Friday.

Cooper has won both his fights in the professional ranks and will aim to make it three out of three when he goes toe-to-toe with Jack McInnes in a cruiserweight bout on the undercard to the rematch between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green.

The 28-year-old playmaker said his training regime and the bout at Adelaide Oval should stand him in good stead when he makes his Reds return this month.

"Every time I get in the ring, for my own personal growth it's been great," the former Toulon man told rugby.com.au.

"You get a lot of confidence out of stepping into that ring, overcoming that fear.

"There's a natural fear every time you step into the ring, where you could possibly get knocked out, you could possibly get humiliated in front of a massive audience.

"So it's one of those things I train very hard for and I'm very passionate about."

Cooper added: "Having the opportunity to box once a year during my rugby career has been great but it's one of those things you get addicted to.

"My focus is on rugby for a fair few more years now but when the time comes if I get the opportunity and continue to improve and grow as a boxer in the short amount of time I get to box I'd love to continue it on.

"It's great for your body and great for your mind."