Welcome Maurice Hooker and Ed Latimore to Roc Nation!

Welcome to the Roc Nation Sports family Maurice Hooker and Ed Latimore!

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Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas, a rough suburb of Dallas. At the age of thirteen, Hooker started boxing as a means to better defend himself on the streets of his neighborhood. After bouncing around a string of gyms, he found himself a home at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym by way of an outreach program for at-risk youths. His natural talent was soon noticed resulting in him competing as an amateur, during which time he participated in over 100 fights, compiling a record of 97 wins and only seven losses, with 67 victories coming by way of knockout.

Hooker turned professional on April 29, 2011, taking on the vastly more experienced Tyrone Chatman (7-1, 5 KO’s) at the Orpheum Theater in St. Louis. After four rounds, the judges saw the fight 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38, making the fight a split draw. Undeterred, in his next fight on June 24, 2014, Hooker scored his first professional win, knocking out Wilbert Mitchell (Pro Debut) in the first round at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. Eleven wins (eight by knockout) later, he took on undefeated Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KO’s) on January 17, 2014 in a bout that was featured on ShoBox from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. After eight close, hard-fought rounds, the judges saw the fight a draw by the scores of 77-75, 76-76 and 76-76. Hooker followed the draw with a six-round unanimous decision win over Adrian Rodriguez Garza (8-2, 6 KO’s) on April 26 at Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on fellow undefeated prospect Eduardo Galindo (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Championship. “Mighty Mo” did not disappoint his legion of hometown fans who saw him capture the title with a sixth round technical knockout victory. In his most recent outing on October 17, Hooker successfully defended his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City against his toughest opponent to date in Ghislain Maduma (17-1, 11 KO’s). The 10-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux and was featured on the event’s “freeview” as well as streamed online around the world.

In December 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Hooker to an exclusive promotional agreement.

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Known as “Black Magic,” Edward Latimore III continues to establish his pugilistic prowess in the ring with the hopes of becoming the next great American heavyweight. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Latimore had a standout amateur career, compiling a record of 40-11 while racking up accolades including winning the 2011 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves and the 2011 National PAL as well as winning a silver at the 2011 Ringside Tournament. As an amateur, Latimore defeated several current top professional contenders such as Dominic Breazeale and Charles Martin.

Latimore turned professional on January 26, 2013, scoring a third round technical knockout win over John Hill at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. After tallying knockout victories in three of his next four fights, on February 7, 2015 he fought in his first six round bout, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Spencer, again at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton. In his most recent bout on December 11, Latimore notched a six-round unanimous win over Jamal Woods at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall in Wellsburg, West Virgina.

Latimore is trained by Tom Yankello, who has groomed and developed several boxing stars including former IBF Lightweight World Champion Paul Spadafora and heavyweight world title challenger Calvin Brock.

Outside the ring, Latimore is a multifaceted patriot and intellectual. He is a radio technician specialist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, an AmeriCorps volunteer and is also working towards a degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering at Duquesne University. When he is not strengthening his body for boxing, Latimore exercises his mind to stay sharp inside the ring by playing chess. He has traveled to Moscow and Berlin to compete against world-renowned chess players. In addition, he is also a prolific writer having self-published several books and contributes to blogs.

In December 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Latimore to an exclusive promotional agreement.