Damien Hooper promises to repay Hatton’s faith

DAMIEN HOOPER has promised to repay Ricky Hatton’s faith in him with a stunning performance against Marlon Alta on a special Australia v Philippines promotion in Eaton’s Hill, Queensland this Sunday (May 3).

The 2012 Olympian suffered a shock knockout defeat to Rob Powdrill last November, but Hatton has stuck by him and still believes he can go onto be another world champion from Down Under.

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Zhakiyanov, Hammond March On; Hooper KO´d

There were mixed emotions for Hatton Promotions’ fighters in Chandler, Brisbane on Saturday as Zhanat Zhakiyanov and Cameron Hammond continued to their journeys towards world title opportunities while Damien Hooper suffered a shock setback.

Kazakhstani terror Zhakiyanov remained on course for a possible clash with WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka by laying out the experienced Filipino Roberto Lerio in the second round.

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Cameron Hammond and Damien Hooper back in action next month

HATTON PROMOTIONS’ Olympic boxing sensations Cameron Hammond and Damien Hooper will look to continue their climb to the top when they return to action next month.

The highly-rated Aussies appear on an action-packed card at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, Queensland on November 8 and are hoping for extend their unbeaten records.

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Damien “Super” Hooper extends his unbeaten record to seven fights

Aussie light-heavyweight sensation Damien “Super” Hooper extended his unbeaten record to seven fights with a clear-cut six round unanimous decision over tough southpaw and natural cruiserweight Young-Don Um on Wednesday night.

The 2012 London Olympian went out looking to score another knockout – none of his previous professional opponents had heard their final bell – and peppered his opponent with a variety of solid shots.

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Damien Hooper: “Tell your readers at Eastside to follow me!”

743864-damien-hooperAustralian Olympic team representative Damien “Super” Hooper is chomping at the bit to turn professional, just days after inking a management agreement with Xcite Fight Promotions. Viewed by many as potentially the most promising prospect out of the London Games, Hooper accounted for American Marcus Browne in the first round before being beaten by eventual Gold medallist Egor Mekhontsev in a close points decision.

At just 20 years of age, the Light Heavyweight is readying himself to get back into peak condition for his professional debut. “I can’t wait to get in there and start putting people to sleep,” he said. “The Olympics was an incredible experience and I’ve enjoyed a well earned break. But now it’s time to get serious and become a professional fighter. I’ve just signed up with my new management team and I can’t wait to get back into the gym”. Hooper’s professional career will be guided by Philippe Fondu, Brendan Bourke and Matt Clark.

Hooper will be trained by Gareth Williams, who guided him as an amateur and also trains a number of professionals such as Hooper’s Olympic team-mate Cameron Hammond, currently promoted by Hatton Promotions Asia Pacific and Welterweight prospect Paddy Murphy. “Damien has the potential to be a world champion, there’s no denying that,” Williams offered. “It’s up to him though to stay focused on his boxing goals and I think he’s ready to do just that”.

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