Damien Hooper

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Damien Hooper
Statistics
Nickname(s)Super Hooper
Weight(s)80 kg (176 lb) Light Heavyweight
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Reach80″ / 203cm
NationalityAustralian
Born (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 27)
Toowoomba, Queensland Australia
Boxing record
Total fights15
Wins14
Wins by KO9
Losses1
Draws0

Damien 'Super' Hooper (born 5 February 1992) in Toowoomba, Queensland) is an Indigenous Australian professional boxer; he was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the light heavyweight division.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2] [3]

Amateur[edit]

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 Cesar la Cruz 13:14 and earned direct qualification for the London Olympics. In the last of his 180 amateur fights,

2012 London Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, he beat Marcus Browne then he lost on points to 81 kg gold medallist Egor Mekhontsev of Russia.

Professional boxing[edit]

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 Record And Titles[edit]

14 wins (9 knockouts, 5 decision), 1 loss, 0 draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., time Date Location Notes
Win 14-1 Renold Quinlan TKO 9 (10) 2018-05-24 Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane WBO International light heavyweight title
Win 13-1 Umar Salamov UD 10 (10) 2017-07-02 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Won IBF International light heavyweight title & WBO International light heavyweight title
Win 12-1 Nader Hamdan UD 8 (8) 2016-12-02 Luna Park, Sydney
Win 11-1 Kyle Brumby UD 5 (5) 2016-08-13 The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria
Win 10-1 Marlon Alta UD 6 (6) 2015-05-03 Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill, Queensland
Loss 9-1 Rob Powdrill KO 1 (10), 0:21 2014-11-08 Sleeman Sports Complex - Theatre, Chandler, Queensland Lost WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight title
Win 9-0 Joel Casey KO 7 (10), 1:29 2014-07-30 Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland Vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight & WBC Youth Silver light heavyweight
Win 8-0 Josh Webb RTD 3 (6), 3:00 2014-06-20 Metro City, Northbridge, Western Australia
Win 7-0 Young-Don Um UD (6) 2014-03-19 Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland
Win 6-0 Dechapon Suwunnalird TKO 3 (6), 2:37 2013-12-11 The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria
Win 5-0 Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana TKO 2 (10), 1:24 2013-11-16 Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Vacant WBC Youth Silver light heavyweight
Win 4-0 Togasilimai Letoa KO 5 (6), 0:37 2013-08-08 Southport RSL Club, Southport, Queensland
Win 3-0 Viliami Toafi TKO 1 (6), 2:47 2013-07-05 ABA Stadium, Auckland
Win 2–0 Kashif Mumtaz TKO 1 (6), 1:04 2013-05-09 Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane
Win 1–0 Garth Murray KO 5 (6), 0:52 2013-04-20 Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane
Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Umar Salamov
WBO International light heavyweight
2 Jul 2017 – 2018
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Trent Broadhurst
IBF International light heavyweight
2 Jul 2017 – 2018
Incumbent
New title WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight
30 Jul 2014 – 8 Nov 2014
Succeeded by
Rob Powdrill
New title WBC Youth Silver light heavyweight
16 Nov 2013 – 8 Nov 2014
Vacant
Title next held by
Liam Conroy

Personal life[edit]

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 .[4]

Controversy[edit]

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."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LONDON TIME (5 February 1992). "London 2012 - Damien Hooper". London2012.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ FISCHER, DOUG. "Q&A: DAMIEN HOOPER". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "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 2012-08-02.
  4. ^ "Australian Indigenous Olympians" (PDF). Australian Olympic Committee website. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. ^ "How the chosen ones ended Australia's sporting prowess and revealed its secret past". 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.

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