Maurice Hooker

BOXER: MAURICE HOOKER

NICKNAME: MIGHTY MO

DIVISION: JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT

DATE OF BIRTH: AUGUST 7, 1989

HEIGHT: 5’11’’

STANCE: ORTHODOX

BORN: OAK CLIFF, TEXAS

LIVES: DALLAS, TEXAS

RECORD: 23-0-3 (16 KOs)

 

Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker is the reigning WBO NABO Super Lightweight champion that hails from Oak Cliff, Texas.

 

At the age of 13, Hooker started boxing as a means to defend himself on the streets of Oak Cliff, a rough suburb of Dallas. After bouncing in-and-out of gyms, Hooker eventually found a home at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym by way of an outreach program for at-risk youths.

 

With the support of the program and his team, Hooker quickly developed into one of the best boxing prospects in the greater Dallas region. Over the course of 104 amateur fights, he compiled a 97-7 record with 67 victories coming by way of knockout. After solidifying his spot as one of the nation’s premier amateur boxers, Hooker turned professional on April 29, 2011, where he squared off against Tyrone Chatman at the Orpheum Theater in a fight that finished as a split draw.

 

Undeterred, Hooker notched his first professional win in his next bout on June 24, 2011, knocking out Wilbert Mitchell in the first round at the Dr. Pepper Arena. The Oak Cliff native would continue to pile on the victories until January 17, 2014, when judges deemed his bout against Abel Ramos to be a draw by the scores of 77-75, 76-76 and 76-76.

 

Four knockouts and one unanimous decision win later, Hooker emerged as a contender for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Championship. At the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center on June 26, 2015, Hooker didn’t disappoint the legion of hometown fans in attendance, knocking out fellow prospect Eduardo Galindo in the sixth-round to capture the title.

 

When it came time to defend his title, Hooker rose to the challenge, outlasting Ghislain Maduma in a 10-round decision at Madison Square Garden. Shortly after that victory on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s bout against David Lemieux, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Hooker to an exclusive promotional agreement.

 

After inking the deal with Roc Nation Sports, Hooker’s first two fights took place at Oracle Arena, where he upended Wilfrido Buelvas and Tyrone Barnett via first-round TKOs. Despite a draw against Darleys Perez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 19, 2016, Hooker never lost his confidence heading into the New Year.

 

He opened 2017 with the first international bout of his career in Tijuana, Mexico, where he defeated Cristobal Cruz at the Salon Mezzanine via a unanimous victory. The 5-foot-11 standout recently followed that performance up with a successful NABO Junior Welterweight title defense against Courtney Jackson at the Omni Dallas Hotel on August 19, 2017.

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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.

EdLatimorebiopic 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.

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Top Rank Wins Purse Bid for Maurice Hooker’s Mandatory Defense of the WBO Super Lightweight Title Against Alex Saucedo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (August 14, 2018) – Roc Nation Sports today announced that Top Rank has won the purse bid for Maurice Hooker’s defense of the WBO Super Lightweight Title against top mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo, submitting a $1.625 million bid to secure the rights to promote the WBO title fight. Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), who is co-promoted by Roc Nation Sports and Matchroom Boxing, is entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid while Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) will receive the remaining 25 percent. Given today’s outcome, the WBO super lightweight title fight will air on ESPN+. Roc Nation Sports, Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank are expected to schedule the bout for either Nov. 16 or Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City. “I’m very excited to defend my world title on a national platform and show the world what I bring to the ring,” Hooker said. “I feel like this is my time – I’m hungry, I’ve been working hard and I’m ready to make Alex Saucedo my next victim.” “Maurice has earned all of his accolades and we’re incredibly proud of how he’s represented Roc Nation in the ring,” Roc Nation boxing promoter Dino Duva said. “We look forward to collaborating with Top Rank and Matchroom Boxing to finalize the details of this bout and it’ll be one that boxing fans won’t want to miss.” When Hooker returns to the ring, it will mark his first bout since he toppled Terry Flanagan on June 9 via split-decision victory to capture the vacant 140-pound championship belt. The 29-year-old achieved the feat in his first career world title fight in Flanagan’s hometown of Manchester, where he earned scores of 115-113 and 117-111 while another judge scored it 117-111 in Flanagan’s favor. Saucedo is coming off his own victory over Leonardo Zappavigna on June 30 in Oklahoma City, where he won via a seventh-round TKO.   ###
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