Damien Hooper

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Damien Hooper
Statistics
Nickname(s) Super Hooper
Rated at 80 kg (180 lb) Light Heavyweight
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality Australian
Born (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 25)
Toowoomba, Queensland Australia
Boxing record
Total fights 13
Wins 12
Wins by KO 8
Losses 1
Draws 0

Damien 'Super' Hooper (born 5 February 1992) in Toowoomba, Queensland) is an Indigenous Australian professional boxer. 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, His early career was nurtured by Dalby policeman Chris Seng, a former top pro boxer who saw the fight game as a way of keeping local youngsters in the gym and out of strife. .[2] By the age of 11 hooper had his first boxing match weighing 42 kg

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.

Professional record[edit]

12 wins (8 knockouts, 4 decision), 1 loss, 0 draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Russia Umar Salamov N/A – (10) 2017-07-02 Australia Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia For IBF Australasian light heavyweight title & WBO International light heavyweight title
Win 12-1 Australia Nader Hamdan UD 8 (8) 2016-12-02 Australia Luna Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 11-1 Australia Kyle Brumby UD 5 (5) 2016-08-13 Australia The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
Win 10-1 Philippines Marlon Alta UD 6 (6) 2015-05-03 Australia Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia
Loss 9-1 Australia Rob Powdrill KO 1 (10), 0:21 2014-11-08 Australia Sleeman Sports Complex - Theatre, Chandler, Queensland, Australia Lost WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight title
Win 9-0 Australia Joel Casey KO 7 (10), 1:29 2014-07-30 Australia Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia Vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight & WBC Youth Silver light heavyweight
Win 8-0 Australia Josh Webb RTD 3 (6), 3:00 2014-06-20 Australia Metro City, Northbridge, Western Australia, Australia
Win 7-0 South Korea Young-Don Um UD (6) 2014-03-19 Australia Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Win 6-0 Thailand Dechapon Suwunnalird TKO 3 (6), 2:37 2013-12-11 Australia The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
Win 5-0 Thailand Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana TKO 2 (10), 1:24 2013-11-16 Australia Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Vacant WBC Youth Silver light heavyweight
Win 4-0 Samoa Togasilimai Letoa KO 5 (6), 0:37 2013-08-08 Australia Southport RSL Club, Southport, Queensland, Australia
Win 3-0 New Zealand Viliami Toafi TKO 1 (6), 2:47 2013-07-05 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Win 2–0 New Zealand Kashif Mumtaz TKO 1 (6), 1:04 2013-05-09 Australia Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 1–0 Australia Garth Murray KO 5 (6), 0:52 2013-04-20 Australia Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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 Australian Indigenous Olympians.[3]

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."[4]

On August 2013, Magistrate Damian Carroll fined him $1500 and recorded a conviction against him after the 21-year-old became so aggressive with police after a night of drinking in Toowoomba that he had to be put in a padded cell.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LONDON TIME (1992-02-05). "London 2012 - Damien Hooper". London2012.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Australian Indigenous Olympians" (PDF). Australian Olympic Committee website. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "How the chosen ones ended Australia's sporting prowess and revealed its secret past". 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Boxer Damien Hooper honours his brother, Troy, by working hard". couriermail. 
Preceded by
vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight
2013-14
Succeeded by
Rob Powdrill
Preceded by
vacant WBC Youth Silver light heavyweight
2013-14
Succeeded by