Boxing  

Forum Home Boxing Forum European British Classic Aussie MMA Training
Go Back   Boxing News 24 Forum > Boxing > Australian Boxing Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-30-2012, 03:48 AM   #1
Lilo
Belt holder
ESB Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Hong Kong via Sunderland
Posts: 3,494
vCash: 500
Default Damien Hooper turns pro

Taken from another site:


Bad Boy Olympian Damien “Super” Hooper turns pro, signs with Xcite management. Hatton Promotions beckon?

Australian amateur sensation Damien “Super” Hooper has confirmed he's turning professional after a stellar amateur career. Hooper has inked a management agreement with Matt Clark, Brendan Bourke and Philippe Fondu. “I’m delighted to be turning pro” stated Hooper, “I can’t wait to get into the ring and I couldn't be more happy with my new management team and my trainer Gareth Williams". When asked was the decision to turn pro a difficult one, Hooper replied: “Not at all. I gave the amateurs a good run and now it’s time to turn pro and shake up the Light Heavyweight division.”

20 year old Hooper has had a successful, explosive amateur career; in 2010 he won Gold at the Youth Olympics, Silver at the Youth Worlds and represented Australia in Delhi at the Commonwealth Games. A solid 2011 meant big punching Hooper qualified for the London Olympics as world number 2, where he reached the quarter finals losing to eventual gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev.

Despite his fantastic amateur achievements controversy has never been far behind Hooper. Incidents at the Commonwealth games and a pre-Olympic training camp resulted in him leaving the Australian team earlier than planned. Rumours of alleged rifts with trainers and officials were rife but it was the honourable flouting of Olympic rules in London which caused the most interest. Hooper, a fighter who is fiercely proud of his Indigenous Australian heritage broke, in the eyes of the AOC (Australian Olympic Committee), the Olympic Charter by wearing a t-shirt showing the Aboriginal flag. Hooper was forced to make a public apology but said at the time “I was just representing my people and I was proud to do that.”

Hooper will be moving from Toowoomba to Brisbane to join up with new coach Gareth Williams who is also the trainer of Hooper’s Australian teammate Cameron Hammond and “Irish” Paddy Murphy. Manager Matt Clark said of the signing “I'm excited to be working with someone with as much potential as Damien and I know that under the tutelage of Gareth Williams he'll go as far as possible in the sport.”

As of yet a promoter has not been confirmed but if one was to read between the lines; Hooper’s new training partner Cameron Hammond is managed by Matt Clark and Brendan Rourke, is trained by Gareth Williams and is promoted by Ricky Hatton’s HPAP branch. Is it jumping the gun to think that Hooper will follow his Olympic teammate to Hong Kong? One thing is for sure, we don’t have long too wait.
Lilo is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 12-30-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
lvthefightgame
Journeyman
ESB Jr Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 205
vCash: 500
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

& you would be correct cameron was at my sisters house visiting his cousin & i can confirm he is also under hatton
lvthefightgame is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 04:11 AM   #3
Lilo
Belt holder
ESB Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Hong Kong via Sunderland
Posts: 3,494
vCash: 500
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by lvthefightgame View Post
& you would be correct cameron was at my sisters house visiting his cousin & i can confirm he is also under hatton
Lilo is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 04:19 AM   #4
lvthefightgame
Journeyman
ESB Jr Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 205
vCash: 500
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

mundine camp also wanted to sign him but he said he wanted to get better opposition & exposure so thats why he went with hatton
lvthefightgame is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 04:23 AM   #5
Sydney2000
Journeyman
ESB Jr Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 135
vCash: 500
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Super talent ..just hope he can stay focused
Sydney2000 is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 04:45 AM   #6
StiffJab
Butcher Berridge
ESB Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,949
vCash: 2746
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lilo View Post
Matt and Brendan are both posters on this forum mate, you might see Matt around from time to time Brendan reads but no longer post due to some clowns around here.

I bet they are both happy to have signed such big name young guns. Their stable is building quite a roster of talented prospects. Good luck to them both and their boys
StiffJab is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 05:45 AM   #7
raff
Contender
ESB Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,286
vCash: 1090
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by StiffJab View Post
Matt and Brendan are both posters on this forum mate, you might see Matt around from time to time Brendan reads but no longer post due to some clowns around here.

I bet they are both happy to have signed such big name young guns. Their stable is building quite a roster of talented prospects. Good luck to them both and their boys
They are good managers, seeing and hearing lots of good things about them
raff is online now  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 06:48 AM   #8
StiffJab
Butcher Berridge
ESB Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,949
vCash: 2746
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by raff View Post
They are good managers, seeing and hearing lots of good things about them
Brendan is a top bloke and genuine boxing fan, he strikes me as the type of bloke who is in the game for the love of it and not so much the money.

Not sure about that ippy bastard though
StiffJab is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 08:37 AM   #9
teke
Titans Time !!!
East Side Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bulldogs v Titans 2013 GF
Posts: 7,740
vCash: 2611
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by StiffJab View Post
Brendan is a top bloke and genuine boxing fan, he strikes me as the type of bloke who is in the game for the love of it and not so much the money.

Not sure about that ippy bastard though
Ash is also the proud new Manager of one of the NRLs most deadliest outside backs
teke is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 06:42 PM   #10
StiffJab
Butcher Berridge
ESB Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,949
vCash: 2746
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by teke View Post
Ash is also the proud new Manager of one of the NRLs most deadliest outside backs
Who would that be teke?
StiffJab is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 08:03 PM   #11
teke
Titans Time !!!
East Side Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bulldogs v Titans 2013 GF
Posts: 7,740
vCash: 2611
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by StiffJab View Post
Who would that be teke?
Deleted post

Last edited by teke; 12-31-2012 at 08:16 PM.
teke is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 09:02 PM   #12
Sox
Hangin with the real deal
East Side Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Rural OZ
Posts: 5,451
vCash: 1044
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Quote:
Originally Posted by teke View Post
Deleted post
Did Ash smack you?
Sox is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 09:33 PM   #13
Ole Mongoose
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Manchester
Posts: 97
vCash: 500
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

From what I've seen this kid is a potential superstar. He has all the talent just needs to keep focused. He might be the future of Australian boxing.
Ole Mongoose is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 09:59 PM   #14
boxon123
Belt holder
ESB Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,213
vCash: 1000
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

Does the trainer have any experience training Pro fighters?
boxon123 is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 11:13 PM   #15
Ole Mongoose
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Manchester
Posts: 97
vCash: 500
Default Re: Damien Hooper turns pro

After consulting a little known search engine named Google - yes, he does.
Ole Mongoose is offline  Top
Reply With Quote
Reply

Boxing News 24 Forum > Boxing > Australian Boxing Forum

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Boxing News 24 Forum 2013