Maurice Hooker

Mighty Mo

BOXER: MAURICE HOOKER

NICKNAME: MIGHTY MO

DIVISION: JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT

AGE: 26

DATE OF BIRTH: AUGUST 7, 1989

HEIGHT: 5’11’’

STANCE: ORTHODOX

BORN: OAK CLIFF, TEXAS

LIVES: DALLAS, TEXAS

RECORD: 22-0-3 (16 KOs)

Maurice “Mighty Mo” 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 better 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 participated in over 100 fights, compiling a record of 97 wins and only 7 losses, with 67 victories coming by way of knockout.

 

Hooker 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, he 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 at Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on fellow undefeated prospect Eduardo Galindo (10-0-1, 7 KOs) on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Championship. “Mighty Mo” did not disappoint his legion of hometown fans who saw him capture the title with a sixth round technical knockout victory. In his most recent outing on October 17, Hooker successfully defended his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City against his toughest opponent to date in Ghislain Maduma (17-1, 11 KOs). The 10-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux and was featured on the event’s “freeview” as well as streamed online around the world.

 

In December 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Hooker to an exclusive promotional agreement.

 

“Mighty Mo” made his debut under the Roc Nation Sports banner on the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera, this past March at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, where he annihilated opponent Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas of Columbia in the first round of a 10-round junior welterweight bout by way of technical knockout.

 

Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker would ignite Oracle Arena once again on August 6, 2016 as the co-feature on the Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand card. In a 10-round NABO Junior Welterweight Title clash, Hooker took on Tyrone Barnett of Washington DC. Hooker wasted no time outmatching his opponent with a flurry of shots and punches before scoring a technical knockout at the 2:17 mark of the opening round.