Maurice Hooker’s progression continues with WBO NABO title shot this weekend in Dallas
Vince Parra and Maurice Hooker are eyeing a Dallas showdown (Photo: Instagram)
By Chris Robinson
It seems like just the other day when I first crossed paths with upstart junior welterweight hopeful Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker out in Las Vegas.
A native of Dallas, Tex., Hooker was around Las Vegas in late 2013, during a brief stint in the city with his trainer and former fighter Vince Parra. And although his time in the city was short, what I was able to see from the young fighter in that time left an impression upon me that hasn’t been forgotten.
Hooker will be facing off with unbeaten Mexican Eduardo Galindo (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) on Saturday night, as his hometown Dallas fans will have a chance to see him in action from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in a nine-bout event presented by Undercard Promotions.
Have a random conversation with Hooker and you will be hard-pressed to guess that the 25-year old fights for a living given just how care free and modest he is with his approach towards life.
All of that goes out the window, however, once he sets foot inside of the ring, as Hooker has an aggressive and bruising style that beguiles his laid back personality.
Parra is a sharp trainer with years of experience around the California scene and he has a great bond with Hooker. The duo’s early years together have seen Parra and Hooker divide training camps between Dallas, where trains out of the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, and Vince’s native San Diego, as well as the occasional swing through Las Vegas and various parts of Los Angeles.
Hooker is a very rangy fighter and throws and throws a very crisp and powerful right hand. Hustle Boss has been on hand for several of Team Hooker’s training sessions in the past and it’s been a treat watching Mo’s progression both up close and afar.
Stay tuned to Hustle Boss this Saturday, June 26, for post-fight results from the Hooker vs. Galindo matchup.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com