|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Born||5 February 1992|
Toowoomba, Queensland Australia
|Wins by KO||9|
Damien Hooper (born 5 February 1992) is an Indigenous Australian professional boxer. As an amateur he was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the light-heavyweight division.
Hooper was raised by his grandmother, Lillian Weribone, in a Dalby Queensland, Australia. Hooper began boxing at the age of eleven with older brother Troy Hooper. He was in trouble with the law and the local policeman there named Chris Seng had been a pro boxer. He ran the police citizens youth club and suggested that hooper take up boxing.
In 2010, he became the first Indigenous Australian to win a junior world title when he won the 75 kg category at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. In the same year, he won a silver medal at the Youth World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, and was selected in the Australian team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He was an Australian Institute of Sport boxing scholarship holder.
The following year, Hooper stepped up a weight division and into open competition. He returned to Baku for the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships – Light heavyweight 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he made the quarter finals, being edged out by Julio César La Cruz 13:14 and earned direct qualification for the London Olympics. In the last of his 180 amateur fights,
2012 London Summer Olympics
Before he made his debut in 2013, Hooper signed with Ricky Hatton's Hatton Promotions by 2014 he had 9-0 8KO. Then momentum in Hooper's promising professional career stalled, with the Olympians loss to Rob Powdrill in November 2014 then in 2015 he lost his professional deal with Ricky Hatton's promotional company, He is now with No Limit Boxing. He is currently ranked number 1 Australian light heavyweight and 9th on the WBO Light-Heavyweight rankings.
Hooper vs. Umar Salamov
2017 Hooper (12-1, 8KO) took on unbeaten Russian Umar Salamov (19-0, 14KO) on the undercard to the Pacquiao v Horn blockbuster and got a unanimous decision 96–94 on all three judges score cards to win the WBO International light heavyweight title and vacant IBF International light heavyweight title improving his record to 13-1 8KO.
Hooper vs. Renold Quinlan
In a wild bitter rivalry, he took on hard hitting fellow aussie super middleweight Renold Quinlan Hooper controlled the early action with his long jab and occasional right crosses but the balance of the fight changed in the 5th hooper was down twice but recovered and regained control in the eighth to earn a TKO win over Quinlan at 2min 19sec of the ninth round to move his record to (14-1, 9KO).
Professional boxing record
|15 fights||14 wins||1 loss|
|15||Win||14–1||Renold Quinlan||TKO||9 (10)||24 May 2018||Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia||Retained WBO International light-heavyweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Umar Salamov||UD||10||2 Jul 2017||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||Won WBO International, and vacant IBF International light-heavyweight titles|
|13||Win||12–1||Nader Hamdan||UD||8||2 Dec 2016||Luna Park, Sydney, Australia|
|12||Win||11–1||Kyle Brumby||UD||5||13 Aug 2016||The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia|
|11||Win||10–1||Marlon Alta||UD||6||3 May 2015||Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill, Australia|
|10||Loss||9–1||Rob Powdrill||KO||1 (10), 0:21||8 Nov 2014||Sleeman Sports Complex, Brisbane, Australia||Lost WBC-EPBC light-heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Joel Casey||KO||7 (10), 1:29||30 Jul 2014||Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Perth, Australia||Retained WBC Youth Silver light-heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBC-EPBC light-heavyweight
|8||Win||8–0||Josh Webb||RTD||3 (6), 3:00||20 Jun 2014||Metro City, Perth, Australia|
|7||Win||7–0||Young-Don Um||UD||6||19 Mar 2014||Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast, Australia|
|6||Win||6–0||Dechapon Suwunnalird||TKO||3 (6), 2:37||11 Dec 2013||The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia|
|5||Win||5–0||Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana||TKO||2 (10), 1:24||16 Nov 2013||Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia||Won vacant WBC Youth Silver light-heavyweight title|
|4||Win||4–0||Togasilimai Letoa||KO||5 (6), 0:37||8 Aug 2013||Southport RSL Club, Gold Coast, Australia|
|3||Win||3–0||Viliami Toafi||TKO||1 (6), 2:47||5 Jul 2013||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand|
|2||Win||2–0||Kashif Mumtaz||TKO||1 (6), 1:04||9 May 2013||Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia|
|1||Win||1–0||Garth Murray||KO||5 (6), 0:52||20 Apr 2013||Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia|
Hooper's older brother Troy died in 2012 in a workplace accident, two months after he fought at the London Olympics. He traces his Indigenous family ancestry to the Kamilaroi people. He is recognized in the Australian Olympic Committee list of .
On 30 July, in London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Hooper stepped into the ring for his Olympic bout wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Australian Aboriginal flag: the same flag now[when?] approved to fly on public buildings in Australia. The Australian Olympic Committee demanded he make a public apology. Wearing the shirt was said to have breached the Olympic Charter. "I'm representing my culture, not only my country", said Hooper. "I'm proud of what I did."
- LONDON TIME (5 February 1992). "London 2012 - Damien Hooper". London2012.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- FISCHER, DOUG. "Q&A: DAMIEN HOOPER". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Indigenous Newslines" (PDF). Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. January–March 2011: 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. Cite journal requires
- "Australian Indigenous Olympians" (PDF). Australian Olympic Committee website. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "How the chosen ones ended Australia's sporting prowess and revealed its secret past". 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. Cite journal requires
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| WBC Youth Silver light-heavyweight champion
16 November 2013 – 8 November 2014
Title next held byLiam Conroy
|New title|| WBC-EPBC light-heavyweight champion
30 July 2014 – 8 November 2014
Title last held byTrent Broadhurst
| IBF International light-heavyweight champion
2 Jul 2017 – April 2018
Title next held byUmar Salamov
| WBO International light-heavyweight champion|
2 July 2017 – September 2018