This Saturday, some of Australia’s brightest boxing prospects will be showcased at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. Australia’s 2012 Olympian Damien Hooper will be headlining the show, in a bout for the vacant WBC Youth Silver Light Heavyweight title.
Hooper has been well publicised in the media over the past few years for behavioural issues and most notably for walking to the ring at the London Olympics in a shirt displaying the Aboriginal flag, which goes against Olympic policies.
The 21 year old has since been working hard to stay on the right path and realises his potential community influence, saying, “I know I have to be a good example if kids are going to listen to me. I believe in myself and I believe I’m now on the road to success.”
Hooper now works proudly with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, travelling and speaking to children about maintaining healthy lifestyles and achieving goals.
Many believe Hooper has the talent to be world champion and Australia’s next big star. Since turning professional in Aril of this year, Hooper has had 4 bouts, scoring a stoppage victory in each. His opponent Saturday will be Thailand’s Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana, who is undefeated after 2 profesional fights.
Fellow 2012 Olympian Cameron Hammond will also feature in a Light Middleweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds, against Filipino Joel Dela Cruz. Hammond is also undefeated after 4 professional bouts, 3 of those he has finished inside the distance. Cruz holds a record of 17W (7kos) 18L 2D.
The undercard will also see Irish born Paddy Murphy against tough veteran Adrian Campbell, in a Welterweight matchup over 8 rounds. Murphy is undefeated with 8W (4kos) while Campbell, who has been in with a lot of the top domestic fighters has 11W (4kos) 12L 1D.
Another 2012 Olympian and current Australian Welterweight champion Jeff Horn will also fight. Horn has scored 4 victories since turning professional, all inside the distance but also has an unfortunate technical draw on his record due to a head clash stopping the contest. He is coming off an incredible 1st round KO victory over highly regarded Samuel Colomban, where he claimed the Australian title in just his 5th fight. Horn will take on journeyman Aswin Cabuy, 14W (7kos) 43L 3D.
Queensland Light Middleweight champion Liam Hutchinson will battle Will Sands over a scheduled 6 rounds. Hutchinson, who claimed the state title in his last outing holds a record of 7W (3kos) 1L. Sands is 4W (2kos) 1L 2D.
Undefeated Middleweight Rocky Jerkic will round out the card with a 4 round contest against New Zealand born Jody Allen. Jerkic has a record of 5W (3kos), but has not competed in 17 months. Allen’s record stands at 2W (1ko) 10L, he has been used primarily as a tester for many of the talented up and comers.