Damien Hooper Vows to Confirm the “Hitman’s” Loyalty

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.
 
Sunday’s bill, which is promoted by Angelo Di Carlo, is an unusual one in the respect that it is being held in the morning so that fight fans can then watch the mammoth Mayweather v Pacquiao clash live on big screens.
 
But Hooper is not one for lying in and is keen to wake up fight fans with an explosive display.
 
“Firstly and most importantly I want to thank Ricky for standing by me. I’m determined to repay that trust that he has in me and that begins Sunday morning,” Hooper, 23, said.
 
“Fighting in the morning will be different but I’ve done it in the amateurs and it’s going to be a huge crowd, right before Mayweather and Pacquiao. I’m not even thinking about the main event, I’m focusing only on my fight with Marlon Alta.
 
“I can’t wait to get in there and get back to doing what I do best.”
 
While co-manager Matt Clark will be focused on Hooper’s return, he will also have one eye on Sunday’s main event as winner of the Australia light-heavyweight title clash between Kerry Foley and Dane Mulivai could well be Damien’s next opponent.
 
“Damien has been itching to get back in the ring and get the result of his last fight out of the way. He’s been training hard and he understands he can’t afford any more slip ups and his preparation has been much better this time around,” Clark said.
 
“We intend on challenging the winner of the main event for the Australian light-heavyweight title, but he has to take care of Marlon Alta first. A huge thank you to Angelo Di Carlo for promoting this bout, he’s been a pleasure to work with.”

Olympians Cameron Hammond and Damien Hooper Return Nov. 8th in Chandler, Queensland

HATTON PROMOTIONS’ Olympic 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.
 
Light-heavyweight Hooper will attempt to more to 10-0 as he defends his WBC EPBC title against dangerous Sydney-based Ghanaian Joseph Kwadjo, while Hammond will compete for the vacant WBC/EPBC belt and in the same time put on the line his WBA Oceania welterweight crown against the experienced Romeo Jakosalem.
 
“I’m very much looking forward to seeing Cameron and Damien in action again because they’re not just two of the best upcoming fighters in Australia, they’re two of the best upcoming fighters on the planet,” said former two-weight world champion and promoter Ricky Hatton.
 
“It’s less than two years since Cameron turned over and barely 18 months since Damien had his first pro fight so for them to have already won so many titles and be boxing in ten rounders so soon shows how confident we are about their potential.
 
“Other boxers from the Olympics are still doing four and six round fights. My lads are ahead of those, with Cameron already in the WBA top 15 at welterweight.
 
“Obviously there’s no rush as they’re young and developing, but I think it’s only a matter of time before they’re in those big fight that Aussies fans crave.”
 
The November 8 bill is entitled ‘A Night to Remember III’ and also features Paddy Murphy’s Australian welterweight title clash with Rivan Cesaire as well as a host of other top class matches.

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Damien Hooper: “Joel Casey Talked His Way Into a Fight with the Wrong Guy”

Light-heavyweight ace Damien “Super” Hooper has vowed to make Joel Casey eat his words when they clash at the Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino in Broadbeach, Queensland tomorrow night (July 30).

The fight, dubbed by some as the Australian grudge match of the year, was made following Casey calling out the 2012 Olympian on social media.

And now Hooper intends on showing fans that sometimes a fighter’s mouth can land them in a whole world of trouble.

“I can’t wait to fight this guy. He has disrespected me and he’s landed himself the fight. I’ll use my boxing skills to pick him apart and get the win,” Hooper said.

“I hate to say anything bad about my opponents because it takes a lot of guts to get in that ring, but afterwards I’m sure Casey will realise he talked his way into a fight with the wrong guy.

“I really want to thank my trainer Gareth Williams for getting me in such great shape, my management team and of course Ricky Hatton, the legend. With him promoting me, the sky is the limit.”

Matt Clark, Hooper’s co-manager, added: “This is a fight that fight fans have been looking forward to. Joel Casey is a tough, durable guy who will fight anyone. He was world ranked at one point so he’s a good test for Damien.

“It’s another southpaw for Hoops, he’s fought plenty of southpaws already in his short pro career. I’m thinking fight fans are going to see a complete performance from him on Wednesday night on Fox Sports.”

At today’s weigh-in, Hooper, who will be defending his WBC Youth Silver title as well as vying to win the vacant EPBC crown, scaled 79.2kg. Casey was 79.1kg.