ROC NATION SIGNS MAURICE HOOKER

Press Release: Roc Nation Sports announced it has signed undefeated junior welterweight Maurice “Mo” Hooker to an exclusive promotional agreement. 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 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 compiled a record of 97-7 with KOs.

Hooker (now 19-0-2 as a pro) turned professional on April 29, 2011, taking on the vastly more experienced Tyrone Chatman (7-1, 5 KOs) 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, Hooker took on undefeated Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KOs) 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 KOs) on April 26, 2014 at Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.

Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on then-undefeated Eduardo Galindo (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. “Mighty Mo” did not disappoint his fans, winning via sixth-round technical knockout victory.
In his most recent outing on October 17th, Hooker defeated Ghislain Maduma (17-1, 11 KO’s). The ten-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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