Quade Cooper and John Steffensen to meet in boxing ring

Staff Writers, Yahoo!7 November 22, 2012, 5:38 pm

Former Olympic runner John Steffensen has set his sights on a boxing bout with outcast Wallaby-turned-boxer Quade Cooper.

"I'd like to make Quade my first professional fight," Steffensen told Fairfax.

The Commonwealth gold medallist reportedly began training with renowned trainer Jeff Fenech as well as Danny Green and Kostya Tszyu following his disappointing performance at the London Olympics.

Steffensen, who has held state boxing titles in the past, put many offside after his scathing accusations aimed at Athletics Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee.

Steffensen claimed racism was still rife in the sport after teenager Steven Solomon was picked to run the 400m men's event ahead of him, and even threatened to boycott the men's relay in protest.

"I'm very pleased with the way it is going with Jeff [Fenech]," Steffensen said.

Known for his sharp tongue, akin to the polarizing trash-talking boxer Anthony Mundine, the prospect of Steffensen entering the boxing scene will have promoter's frothing at the mouth. Especially so, should he take on rugby star Quade Cooper, who has similarly attracted attention for his outspoken comments in the media.

While attending Danny Green's bout against Shane Cameron with NRL player Willie Mason, Steffensen confirmed plans were being made for him and Cooper to "get it on".

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  1. GODZILLA06:26am Friday 23rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    boxing is comical sport now, UFC is taking over its left boxing for dead...................greens fight with briggs had to be the most fixed fight of the century. Get in the cage were the real sport of fighting is. And that Steff guy when ever a person is white and is ahead of him it becomes a racial issue only if you are black than the other guy must of deserved there spot..................

  2. Scott03:11am Friday 23rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Its not the fault of these arrogant #$%$holes that boxing has become a freak-show....its boxing's fault. If pro boxing is to survive the sport needs to unify the acronyms and stop these pseudo fighters in their tracks by putting them into the ring against real fighter so they face real consequences.

  3. Hav101:19am Friday 23rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Two arrogant, overrated, self absorbed nobody's fighting in the ring. What a yawn.....

  4. jason12:53am Friday 23rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    these ex footballers are ruining Boxing here in Australia. they never fight real fighters and think they are world champions. there are real tough boxers in this country who go under the radar because some how these ex footy players call them selves pro's get the headlines as boxing freak shows.

  5. Pro12:31am Friday 23rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Marcia watch the net ball. How could you include green with these losers. Wake up. Green is a true oz with a lot of respect.

  6. Pro12:28am Friday 23rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    That's one person I would love to see get his big mouth shut, cooper. What is it with these quarter casks ? Thinks he is better than everyone else.

  7. alienconcepts11:14pm Thursday 22nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ms.G. Reinhardt does not deserve any attention for her discourse on ecomics. She can go do business in outer Mongolia or Africa .. poor productivity in Australia recently has a lot to do with the inefficient use of capital ( that is, management decisions ) ... and the high dollar which would have been curbed by Kevin's MRRT ...

  8. Daniel11:12pm Thursday 22nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    And the winner gets to be the biggest w....r in Australian sport

  9. Sydney10:06pm Thursday 22nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The battle of the Quadroons!!!!

  10. Marcia08:50pm Thursday 22nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    green is a bogan, cooper is a spoilt thief with no balls and a poor attitude, steffensen is a useless cry baby with a poor record, willie mason is a nasty rapist with poor attitude...sbw, mundine... Boxing is super boring but there goes the big $$$ for the d---heads. The bigger the d---head you are the more $$$ WTF ??? seriously




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