Maurice Hooker: FIGHTING IN DALLAS WOULD MEAN SO MUCH
March 7, 2019 Share

Maurice Hooker: FIGHTING IN DALLAS WOULD MEAN SO MUCH

Maurice Hooker WBO Super Lightweight Champion

March 6, 2019; New York, NY, USA; WBO super lightweight champion Maurice Hooker speaks at the final press conference for the March 9, 2019 Matchroom Boxing USA fight card at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

“It would mean so much to me to fight in Dallas as a champion,” said Hooker. “I want to show the kids in my neighborhood that don’t have anyone to look up to that they can look at me – I’m a champion that they can follow and look up to.

“I wasn’t a disciplined kid so boxing taught me a lot. My attitude was bad so boxing taught me to keep calm no matter what. When you look at what I’ve achieved, that’s the example I want to show the kids where I am from.

“My kids are my motivation – I want to give them the life that I didn’t have growing up, give them everything they want and be there for them.

“I am my biggest opponent. Sometimes you can think ‘I’m a World champion, I don’t need to train.’ I know that can backfire on me in the gym so I am working harder than ever because i want to stay a champion and achieve more in the future.

“It’s an open division, and one I think I can take over. There’s a lot of good fighters in there making a name for themselves and a lot coming up.

“I’m a champion and I want to fight the best. I feel I am the best. My long arms, my chin, my skills and my hard work will put me on the top – I think that sets me apart.

“Dallas is my home and in my heart, but there’s too many distractions to train there. In San Diego, I wake up thinking about boxing and go to bed thinking about boxing, and just train in between. The weather is great, I just love it.”

Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

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