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Roc Nation Sports boxer and WBO junior welterweight champion, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (25-0, 17 KOs), is preparing to prove he stands among the top fighters in the world ahead of his second title defense on March 9, 2019. The fight, which is being co-promoted by Matchroom U.S.A. and Roc Nation Sports,will take place at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Hooker will take on WBO 14thin the world rated contender Mikkel LesPierre (21-0-1, 10 KOs) of Bronx, N.Y. on the spectacular Matchroom promoted championship competition which will also feature WBA Light Heavyweight Champion, Dmitry Bivol vs. Joseph Smith in the main event. The bout will air on DAZN Network in the United States and internationally, along with other major networks around the world. The fight is Hooker’s first of 2019 – a year in which he intends to demonstrate his place atop the list of boxing greats.
“I’m itching for this next fight and show everyone that I’m the best junior welterweight fighter in the world with my ultimate goal of being recognized as the best pound for pound fighter. I think it, breath it, eat it, sleep it and I’m ready to prove it. There are a lot of talented boxers out there including Mikkel, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m the best.” said Hooker.
The last time that Hooker was in the ring, he successfully defended his WBO junior welterweight world title by toppling Alex Saucedo (28-1, 18KOs) via a seventh-round TKO. Although Saucedo did manage to knock the champion down in an early round, Hooker bounced back with a mixture of jab and hook combinations, resulting in a spectacular display and TKO in the seventh round. The fight, which took place in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, was Hooker’s second consecutive win in front of an opponent’s hometown audience.
“First, I want to thank our partner Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for giving Maurice this stage to perform on March 9th. We are so proud of all that Maurice accomplished in 2018, and cannot wait for his continued success moving forward,” said Roc Nation Sports boxing promoter, Dino Duva. “Maurice’s mission this year is to prove to the world what we already know – that he is the best junior welterweight fighter in the world. His performances in Manchester and Oklahoma City, both in his opponents’ hometowns, were spectacular and we know he will put on an even more exciting show in March and in all his futures matches.”
Hooker’s recent world class performances has gained him notoriety from fans around the globe and impressed many including Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
“For me, right now Maurice is unquestionable the king of the 140 lb. division,” said Hearn.
If Hooker emerges victorious on March 9th, the 29-year-old will be primed for a homecoming fight in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. It would mark Hooker’s first fight in Dallas since he captured the championship belt on June 9, 2018 when he defeated Terry Flanagan via split decision in the opponent’s native city of Manchester, England at the Manchester Arena.
“Fighting Flanagan and Saucedo was just the beginning,” said Hooker. “I’m ready to shock the world and show everyone what I’m really made of. I’m going to bring the fans a fight to remember. By the end of it, everyone will know I’m the best fighter in the world.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Sports, Entertainment & Business Leaders Launch REFORM Alliance to Transform U.S. Criminal Justice System
Renowned Activist & TV Host Van Jones Tapped As CEOToday, leaders across the worlds of sports, entertainment and business announced an unprecedented partnership to launch REFORM Alliance, a groundbreaking organization to transform the American justice system. REFORM’s aim is to drastically reduce the number of people who are under control of the criminal justice system by changing laws and public opinion. REFORM’s founding partners include award-winning recording artist Meek Mill; Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Third Point LLC CEO and founder Daniel S. Loeb; Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz; Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith. Together, they have collectively made significant commitments to launch REFORM. They will share time, resources, energy and platforms to ensure impact. The alliance formed in the aftermath of Mill’s controversial two-to-four-year prison sentence for technical probation violations in November 2017. This unjust ruling spurred an international #FreeMeek campaign, resulted in his release on bail in April 2018 and ultimately raised awareness to the issues within the American criminal justice system. According to the 2017 Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are 6.6 million people in the United States who are incarcerated or on probation or parole. There are an estimated 2.2 million people in prisons and jails and 4.5 million people currently on parole or probation, many for well beyond a reasonable term. To address this problem, REFORM will help pass probation and parole bills at the state level. It will also use media to expand public support for comprehensive reform. And it will build an inclusive, bi-partisan alliance of business, entertainment, sports and community leaders. REFORM’s founding partners have tapped renowned activist, author and CNN host Van Jones to serve as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In his role, Jones will oversee the implementation of the alliance’s mission and spearhead operations management. Jones has been a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than 25 years, having founded and piloted several thriving social enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps. The Dream Corps is a social justice accelerator that houses #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #cut50. Most recently, Jones and #cut50 led the charge to pass the FIRST STEP Act (a bipartisan federal bill that the New York Times called “the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation”). To learn more about the alliance, please visit http://www.reformnow.com/. About REFORM Alliance The REFORM Alliance is committed to advancing criminal justice reform and eradicating laws and policies that perpetuate injustice in the United States. To achieve that objective, the REFORM Alliance will strive to pass probation bills at the state level, use media to amplify the need for comprehensive reform and build an inclusive, bi-partisan alliance of leaders from the business, entertainment, sports and community industries who share a cohesive vision for ambitiously and efficiently transforming the criminal justice system. To learn more about the alliance, please visit http://www.reformnow.com/.