Cooper prepares to take second shot at boxing title

Cooper (left) taking on Roberto Lerio for the first time, at Kallangur in April.
Cooper (left) taking on Roberto Lerio for the first time, at Kallangur in April. Contributed

JASON "Nugget" Cooper has had just six fights, but he is already challenging for the Australian super-bantamweight title for the second time.

Cooper will fight Roberto Lerio on Friday, November 30 in a rematch of their battle from earlier in the year.

The Deception Bay boxer lost in a tight points decision which left Cooper and coach Damian Smith shaking their heads.

"We're still to this day trying to work out how he lost that one," Smith said.

"The experience level he's got now (will be the difference).

"Last time Rob had 29 fights coming in and Jason only had four. He's had some hard fights now."

Those fights came against experienced fighters Ricky Escaner and WBF international champion Emanuel Micallef.

The 21-year-old took down Micallef over eight rounds in September to defend his Queensland featherweight title.

He comes into the rematch against Lerio full of confidence after a solid block of training thanks to his sponsors Lifestyle Physiques, J Cook Designs Tattoos and Joey's Mobile Mechanic.

"He's basically got the next five weeks off work," Smith said.

"He's been training full-time, three times a day."

It's been taking its toll on Cooper's body but he thought it would pay off.

"I'm sore every day, so I'm just trying to train and recover," he said.

"I'm pretty confident.

"Hopefully I'll be able to bring home the title."

The fight, which will get the full Fox Sports Live treatment, is a huge highlight in Cooper's career but also means a lot for his small club.

Cooper is the first Deception Bay Boxing Club fighter to make it to a stage as big as this, having been at the club "from pretty much day dot", according to Smith.

"We're looking at figthing a little bit smarter this time," Smith said.

"Jason got his eardrum busted in about the sixth round and ended up with two busted eardrums.

"It's going to be an awesome event, especially if he can pull it off and win the Australian title."

The $50 event tickets are limited and a $15 supporter bus will be leaving from the Deception Bay Bowls Club to the Mansfield Tavern venue.

Bookings are essential. Contact Damian Smith on 0410647975.

Topics:  boxing, deception bay, nugget cooper



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