The Young Gun from Dallas

By Caryn A. Tate on November 3, 2016
The Young Gun from Dallas
“He’s never faced anybody like me, nobody who’s tall, nobody who hit hard.” (Steve Ryan)

Hooker hails from a rough suburb of Dallas, where he started boxing at the age of thirteen via an outreach program for at-risk youths…

“I love to box but I actually like to knock people out.”—Maurice Hooker

Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker is straightforward when discussing his boxing career and why he enjoys being in the ring. On November 19, he’ll face the experienced Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) on the undercard of the highly anticipated Kovalev-Ward pay-per-view. Perez will be moving up by five pounds from the lightweight division to challenge Hooker for his NABO super lightweight title. Of this singular opportunity, Hooker said, “I’m blessed to be on this card. I’ve got the chance to show the world my style and who I am.”

Hooker hails from a rough suburb of Dallas, where he started boxing at the age of thirteen via an outreach program for at-risk youths. As an amateur, he built up a promising record of 97-7 and continued to display his love of knockouts when he said, “I had fun—I knocked a lot of people out.”

“Mighty Mo” turned professional in 2011, and since has amassed a record of 21-0-2, 16 KOs. His upcoming opponent Perez is a step up for him as far as experience: Perez has gone the distance with Cuban gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa, and was recently stopped by top level fighter Anthony Crolla in their second bout. But Hooker isn’t phased. When asked about Perez’s experience, he said, “He’s a very good boxer. I’m glad he took the fight. [But] he’s never faced anybody like me, nobody who’s tall, nobody who hit hard. And I’m just gonna outbox him. Whatever he has to bring, I’m gonna take it to him. I want to use my jab and box him, make him [try to] adjust to my style.”

The young contender describes his style as a boxer-puncher, and counts among his influences some of boxing’s greatest talents. “I used to watch Tommy Hearns and Muhammad Ali, and The Hawk (Aaron Pryor). Now I’m watching pretty much anybody, Terence Crawford, GGG (Gennady Golovkin), I’m watching everybody fight. I learn from everybody.”

Outside the ring, Maurice focuses on giving back to the community. Asked what he does when not training, he said, “Spending time with my friends and family, helping kids out at the gym.”

Hooker is confident and matter-of-fact when discussing his proudest moments so far as a boxer. “So far winning the NABO belt. After November 19 that’ll be my proudest moment: my first time fighting on HBO pay-per-view in Vegas, and winning by knockout.”

If the Hooker-Perez fight ends up being as exciting as “Mighty Mo” predicts, you’re likely to want to follow him on social media. You can find him on Instagram: mauricemightymohooker, Twitter: @mightymohooker, and Facebook: Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker.

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  1. Eric 02:50pm, 11/04/2016

    Irish… I don’t think I’ve watched a whole NBA game since 1992 and haven’t watched a single minute of the NFL this year, boycotting the National Felons League for now. After that great World Series, maybe baseball will make a comeback. Hoping people will join others in boycotting the NFL. Hit them in the pocket where it hurts.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:15pm, 11/04/2016

    Less than 10% of the players in the NBA are white Americans. The reason that there is any variety at all in the NBA is because of the Europeans….period. But hold on there, you think it’s any better for white Americans in boxing? Think again pardner. Here’s what you find in the current rankings: Sean Monaghan, Mason Menard, Joe Smith Jr. and Christ, we have to cheat and cross the border and claim David Lemieux to have any kind of representation at all. Now, who does asshat Hopkins pick on to KO Game on the way out the door….you guessed it, you genius you….Joe Smith Jr….that’s who.

  3. The Thresher 10:46am, 11/04/2016

    Eric, I just crossed that Cub thing off my bucket list. I am still in disbelief.

  4. Eric 10:18am, 11/04/2016

    Hagler supplied the happy ending for Tommy’s massage. How could you even lay back and enjoy a massage knowing that some other guy was getting set to take your head off? Hearns did have some problems with Roldan if I remember correctly. You got to believe that some of those rough housing middleweights like Hamsho could have given Hearns problems. BTW, Congrats on the Cubs, Thresher!!

  5. The Thresher 07:21am, 11/04/2016

    The fact that Hearns had a massage before the Hagler War was a stupid move on his part. Manny went bonkers when he heard about it. You do the massage thing AFTER, not BEFORE.

  6. Eric 07:08pm, 11/03/2016

    These malnourished punching machines can always be roughed up. Look at how the much shorter, but stronger Hagler made Hearns toothpick legs turn into noodles. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have an iron chin like Hagler as well, just in case some of these freaky skeletors land dem bombs. Another spindly fighter, Mark Breland, was just too weak for the pro game. Gotz to go in and pound those protruding ribs on these bony guys, rough’em up in the clinches.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:10pm, 11/03/2016

    Walking Dead rat in Queens KO Games an elderly white man and kills him. Tune up bouts, keep busy bouts, record padding bouts, blatant mismatches all, are nothing more than glorified KO Games.

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:31pm, 11/03/2016

    He’s a 140 pounder with the same 81 inch reach as Wladimir Klitschko for Christ’s sake. He’s competing with fighters whose average reach is less than 72 inches….guaranteed. He has punching power, so the long and short is this, more bullshit in a bullshit sport because a ten reach advantage in this instance is comparable to a 25 pull in weight….period.

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