Sandor Earl tackles Matt Duffie of the Storm. Photo: Getty Images
SANDOR EARL has reaffirmed he ''definitely wouldn't say no'' should Quade Cooper ask to fight him, but he is adamant his sole focus is on helping the Canberra Raiders win a premiership.
The winger re-opened his Twitter war of words with the Wallabies playmaker soon after Cooper dispatched Barry Dunnett in his boxing debut on Friday night.
Cooper announced himself on the pro circuit by softening up the car-crash insurance agent with a lightning combination before dropping him with a right in the first round.
However, it clearly did not impress Earl, who watched the highlights after scoring two tries in Canberra's 40-8 trial win against Melbourne. ''Wow really I'd walk through that rite hand! Oh well off to the streets of Brisbane to find ur next bum opponent #embarrassing @QuadeCooper,'' he tweeted.
The message follows the pair's exchange on the social media site last month, when Earl invited Cooper to step into the ring with him should he account for Dunnett. ''Putting it out there if Quade Cooper wins I will throw my hand up to fight him in his next fight!! #watageeup #doitforfree,'' he tweeted.
It would set up a tantalising bout between the two rugby codes with bragging rights up for grabs.
Cooper responded in kind, finishing with, ''Thats ok, I wish you all the best #fringeplayer.''
Earl talked down his playful stoush with Cooper, insisting it was simply tongue in cheek after being egged on by his Twitter followers.
The former Panther stressed he wasn't looking to ''carry on with it'' with Cooper, but said his corner need only call if he wants to arrange a bout.
''I did say I would fight him and I'd highly doubt that would ever come to, but, yeah, I definitely wouldn't say no,'' Earl said.
Sydney Roosters recruit Sonny Bill Williams also fought on the Brisbane card, but his WBA international heavyweight title win over South African Francois Botha is clouded in controversy after the bout ended after 10 rounds, instead of 12 as per WBA rules.
The fact it descended into a circus didn't surprise Earl in the slightest. ''Good on them if they want to set up fights and create something out of football, but I think boxing-wise it was fairly ridiculous,'' he said.
''Each to their own. Sonny Bill is a great athlete and to do well in different sports is a credit to him, but I've got my hands full with rugby league and if you're going to take up boxing, you really have to be doing only one sport, I believe.
''It really lived up to what everybody thought it was going to be like, I think.''