Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Hooper Says Risk Was Worth it For Aboriginal Culture

LONDON - Australian boxer Damien Hooper said it was worth the risk of getting into trouble with officials on Monday when he wore a t-shirt bearing the Aboriginal flag to the ring before his first round win.

The exciting light-heavyweight, no stranger to controversy having been sent home from the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a recent training camp for bad behavior, said he was proud to represent the indigenous Australian culture.

"Well what do you reckon? I'm Aboriginal, I'm representing my culture, not only my country but all of my people as well," Hooper told reporters when asked why he wore the t-shirt.

"I'm very proud and that's what I wanted to do and yeah, I'm happy I did it.

"I was just thinking about my family and that's what really matters to me and look what it did, it made my whole performance better with that support behind me."

"I'm not saying that I don't care (about possibly getting into trouble), I'm just saying I'm very proud of what I did."

The Australian Olympic Committee said it would "counsel" Hooper on the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as to the symbols, flags and political messages you can or cannot carry into an Olympic venue.

In the ring, Hooper certainly needed something to spur him on when he found himself trailing American Marcus Browne by a point after two rounds, and the 20-year-old world number two stepped it up in the final round, pressuring Browne into a standing eight count on his way to a deserved 13-11 victory.

Hooper, the third Australian to progress to the second round and regarded as the country's best chance of a first boxing medal since 1988, faces former world amateur heavyweight champion Egor Mekhontcev of Russia in Saturday's next round.

A rematch with current world light-heavyweight champion Julio la Cruz Peraza, the Cuban who narrowly knocked Hooper out of last year's world championships in Baku, could await two rounds later in the semi-finals.

"I thought I would have been a lot sharper but he was a good opponent and he wasn't going to let me just walk straight over him which I did in the last round," the multi-tattooed Hooper said of his performance.

"(In the third round) I was tricking and fading and throwing all these punches, I could see it in his eyes and in his body language that he didn't want to be there."

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 2shameless on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=Nodogoshi;12388636]Okay, if that is your position.[/QUOTE] That the Olympics has always been nationalistic in nature? That's more than my position, it's indisputable fact. Ever since the Ancient Greeks used the games to help avert war. [QUOTE]Now, feel free to lay…

Comment by Virgil Caine on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;12390969]Just more accusations, still no evidence.[/QUOTE] I gotta admit, I've been catching a number of BBC streams, and the British broadcasts aren't nearly as bad as the US broadcasts. I don't know what you want from me, but I've watched…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=Nodogoshi;12390898]All the jingoism.[/QUOTE] Just more accusations, still no evidence.

Comment by winky's right on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=ksan;12386572]Also [URL=""][/URL][/QUOTE] nice the guy working the pads with him used to be my trainer. war hooper!

Comment by Virgil Caine on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;12390834]Still waiting for you to cite examples to cite your case.[/QUOTE] All the jingoism.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (46)
Top Headlines Daniel Jacobs: Billy Joe Saunders is Running Scared To Death! Sergey Kovalev: 'Maybe' Virgil Hunter Will Train Me, 'Maybe Not' Kathy Duva on Sergey Kovalev's Current Market Value Ken Shiro-Pedro Guevara - WBC Clash Set For Loaded Tokyo Card Frank Warren Gives Take on Rio Ferdinand Becoming a Boxer Hughie Fury: Skin Condition Poisoned By Blood - Fully Fit Now! Joseph Parker Aims To Have Many More Fights on UK Soil Golovkin's Promoter: GGG's Legacy at Stake in Canelo Rematch Photos: Canelo Helping Earthquake Victims in Mexico Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury and Who's Number Two? Video: Sergey Kovalev Talks Return, Andre Ward's Retirement Ward: When You Don't Have Desire, Shouldn't Be in Boxing Ring Roach Still Hopes Pacquiao-Horn Rematch Will Happen in 2018 Kosei Tanaka Out for Two Months Due To Eye Socket Fractures Video: Bernard Hopkins Gets Deep on Canelo vs. Golovkin Video: Jorge Linares Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Mikey Garcia, More Kovalev Laughs: I Said I'd Stop Andre Ward's Career - It's True! Video: Kathy Duva Talks Kovalev Return, Ward Retirement Video: Lou DiBella Talks Wilder vs. Ortiz, Joshua, More Photos: Linares, Campbell - Go Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Valdez-Servania, Ramirez-Hart - On Weight For War Jorge Linares: I Want The Best - Mikey Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko Froch: No Sour Grapes, But I'm Not Sad To See Andre Ward Go Gabe Rosado vs. Glen Tapia - Golden Boy on ESPN, October 19 Luis Ortiz Fires Back at Wilder: Don't Get Caught With Weed Again! Barthelemy-Ramirez: Donation Going To Earthquake Victims Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Secured By Showtime Matty Askin Out Of British Title Clash With Stephen Simmons Lee Selby Voices Frustrations At Not Landing Big Fights Kovalev on Ward's Retirement: Good for Boxing, Fans & Division! DiBella: ‘This is Some Crazy Sh*t’ Wilder Is Doing With Luis Ortiz! Dorticos-Kudryashov: 10% of Gate Going To Hurricane Relief Effort Christian Gonzalez Tops LA Fight Club Card on October 6 Kem Ljungquist Inks Promotional Pact With Team Sauerland Ramirez's Trainer Predicts Big Statement Win Over Jesse Hart Andre Ward Announces His Retirement From Boxing Luis Ortiz: Wilder F***ed Up! He'll Run a Lot & Embarrass Himself Kovalev: Right Now It's 1-1; I Want a Third Fight With Ward Roach on The Miguel Cotto vs. Mikey Garcia Possibility Frank Warren: Tyson Fury Has Every Right To Be Furious!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement