Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Damien Hooper Estranged From The National Team

By Samantha Lane

ANOTHER Olympic boxer is estranged from the national team with London gold medal hopeful Damien Hooper ejected from the Australian Institute of Sport for clashing with coaches and teammates on a camp.

Boxing Australia chairman Ted Tanner told The Age last night he expected 20-year-old Hooper, the national champion in the under-81 kilogram division and 2010 youth Olympics gold medallist, would return to Canberra where the team is preparing for the Olympics ''in a week or two''.

Tanner said Hooper's altercations with his superiors and teammates had not been physical, but the boxing federation chief described a drop in attitude that the national coach, Don Abnett, lost patience with.

''I think everyone is training and very much on edge. I think that's what it is. This is very serious for these young fellows,'' Tanner said last night.

''Damien was being disruptive and was told he should have a break. I'm certain it's not serious because Damien really has a great respect for Don so he'll be back shortly.

''I think we're all hoping that Damien will win a medal at the Olympics and I expect that he'll be back training with the team in the near future.

''I'm thinking that as soon as Damien is prepared to accept the team environment he'll be back and on track.''

Hooper's temporary exile from the national team follows the doping ban Australia's top female boxer, Bianca Elmir, incurred after testing positive to a diuretic at the February national championships. Elmir, who claims she innocently took medication to make a long-haul flight more comfortable, is out of the Olympic team.

Meanwhile heavyweight Jai Opetaia is yet to join the pre-Olympic camp in Canberra due to a falling out with Abnett, who incensed the 16-year-old by saying he would be out of his depth at the Games.

The youngest boxer Australia has ever selected on an Olympic team, coaches banned Opetaia from a European tour this year after he missed a lot of training due to a family funeral.

''He'll be back next Monday I understand,'' Tanner said of Opetaia last night.

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by voneric on 06-19-2012

Not knowing anything but what i read on here, it seems like Abnett might be the problem. Todays Trainers seem to want to be as famous as the fighters and that might be the issue in this case.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Canelo vs. Golovkin - Closed Circuit Ticket Information Kell Brook Mulled Retirement, Hints at 'Big Changes' in Return Duke Micah Signs Promotional Deal With Evander Holyfield Bryan Figueroa Inks Promotional Pact With Sampson Boxing Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams II on October 28 in Manchester Broner: 'No Way In Hell' Garcia is a Better Boxer Than Me! Berchelt: I'm Best in Division; I'd 'Definitely Beat' Lomachenko Abel Sanchez is Open To Training Sergey Kovalev, Door is Open Adrien Broner on Mikey Garcia: 'I'm Coming to ‘F*** Him Up!' Joseph Parker: I Back Myself To Beat Anyone, I'll Fight Anyone! Horn: Khan is a Brilliant Boxer, But if Hit on Chin - He Will Sleep Monroe on Saunders: I'd Fight That Motherf***er for 75 Dollars Johnny Nelson: Not a Lock That Mayweather Beats McGregor Juan Manuel Marquez Fight Pushed Back - September or October White: Mayweather Would 'Destroy Conor's Life' if He Goes MMA Curtis Stevens a Free Agent, Parts Ways With Main Events De La Hoya: Mayweather Has Not Been Good For Boxing! Video: Abel Sanchez Talks Canelo-GGG, Kovalev, Pacquiao, More Video: Gennady Golovkin Interview, Training Camp For Canelo Saunders Willing To Stake His Life That McGregor Gets Drilled in 5 Atlas Still Feels Pacquiao-Horn Outcome Stinks, WBO Review Too Carlos Carlson, Isaac Zarate Ready For Ontario Battle Photos: Omar Chavez, Roberto Garcia - Go Face To Face Photos: Amanda Serrano vs. Edina Kiss - Official Weights Photos: Antonio Moran vs. Guadalupe Rosales - Official Weights Broner: I Weighed 144 This Morning; I Could Weigh In Tomorrow Antonio Margarito vs. Carson Jones on September 2 Luis Ortiz Manager: Wilder Not Afraid To Fight, Joshua is a P*ssy Sadam Ali vs. Johan Perez - Undercard Information Alexander Povetkin Cracks WBO's Top Ten After Recent Win WBA Suspends Shannon Briggs Six Months for Failed PED Test Kameda Gym, Japanese Boxing Commision Reach Settlement Ohara Davies Blasts Fans Who Lost Money on His Loss to Taylor Frank Galarza Inks Promotional Pact With Main Events Rau'shee Warren vs. McJoe Arroyo Set For Broner-Garcia Card Trainer: Gerald Washington Will Be Better Due To Wilder Fight Charles Martin Motivated To Win The Title, Fight Joshua Again Shields: Jermall Charlo Won't Make Mistake of Overlooking Heiland Canelo Shakes Head at Mayweather-McGregor: That's Not Boxing! Frank Warren Breaks Down Billy Joe Saunders vs. Willie Monroe
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement