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Hooker batters Revish at the Ballroom

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes

Light welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (11-0-1, 9KO) continued his rise up the rankings with another impressive first round knockout of the game John Revish (9-7-2, 8KO) at the 14th annual Boxing at the Ballroom in Forth Worth, Texas last night. The Boxing at the Ballroom is annually promoted by former world champion Paulie Ayala and has raised millions of dollars for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

Hooker entered the ring with his traditional lollipop in his mouth which took more licks and time to finish than it did to put a licking on the formidable Revish. Revish has been in the ring with world champion Adrien Broner and may have been Hooker’s biggest test to date and early on you could see why. He showed good speed and caught Hooker with a few short right hands. However, Hooker quickly showed why he might be DFW’s best prospect of wining a world title outside of 2012 US Olympian Errol Spence, both of which train out of Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas. Hooker started landing his jab and powerful overhand right and that in turn opened the body of Revish. With Revish against the ropes, Hooker landed a devastating body shot that put Revish on the canvas and one he never fully recovered from.

Revish got back to his feet and Hooker jumped on him and landed another devastating body blow that finished him off at 2:08 of the 1st round. With Revish bent over in excruciating pain and the doctors treating him, Hooker and his entourage celebrated in the ring around him, many of which sported a lollipop of their own in reverence to Hooker.

In the co-main event, light heavyweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (8-2, 5KO)landed an overhand right that put Preston Kenny (7-18, 6KO)against the ropes and than unleashed a flurry of punches with no return from Preston. Referee Rosario Solis had no choice but to waive it off at 1:59 of the 1st round. After stringing together 5 wins to kickoff his pro career including 3 by 1st round KO’s, Clarkson had dropped 2 of his last 3 fights. Clarkson was happy to get the easy win, even though Kenny argued with Referee Solis to continue, but to no avail. Clarkson came out with the TKO victory.

Middleweight John Paul Bonansinga (1-0) survived a 3rd round knockdown to escape with a hard fought split decision over the crafty Willie Miller (0-3). It appeared Bonansinga scored a knocked down in the 1st round as Miller’s glove touched the canvas but the call wasn’t made and fortunately it had no impact on the outcome. The judges scored it 38-37 twice for Bonansinga and the other 38-37 for Miller. As the fight was originally billed as MMA, Bonansinga was in MMA attire and not the customary boxing trunks. Bonansinga, however, earned his first pro win as a boxer with the victory.

Lightweight DeAnthony Bonner (4-1-1) outgunned Henry Hernandez (1-10-1) with a flurry of shots to the head and body and finally knocked out the overmatched Hernandez with a left hook in the very first round. The time of the KO was 2:10. The doctors rushed the ring as Hernandez was slow to get up but finally got out of the ring on his own. Only a year ago at this same event, Bonner suffered the same fate as Hernandez as he was the recipient of a devastating KO from Maurice Hooker. Hooker knocked out Bonner with a crushing right hand that laid out Bonner for several minutes on the canvas. Hooker happens to be fighting in the main event.

Ronnie Shield’s trained fighter Latravia Pierce (1-0) made her pro debut and scored an exciting third round TKO victory over the tough, gritty Angel Ford (0-3). After a fairly competitive first round, Pierce took control of the fight at the end of the 2nd round landing a beautiful combo that set the stage for her dramatic 3rd round knockout. Pierce landed another combo followed by a right cross that put Ford on the canvas. Ford beat the count, but once again starting taking devastating shots to the head and body. Referee Robert Chapa jumped between the two and waived it off. The time of the stoppage was 1:10 of the 3rd round.

Christopher Jones (2-4) barely broke a sweat against Jeremy Hall (1-1) as he scored a TKO at 1:07 of the first round. Jones dropped Hall twice, one with a devastating left hook to the body, before Hall’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel to stop the fight. Jones earns his 2nd victory with the TKO.

In the opening fight of the event, flyweight’s Atlay Miranda (1-3) and Richard Hernandez (2-6-1) went blow for blow for four rounds. Miranda focused on left hooks to the body and occasional uppercuts, while Hernandez landed mostly over hand rights and hooks. Apparently the judges liked Hernandez and his head shots as he escaped with a unanimous decision. All 3 judges scored it 39-37.

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It was an emotional night at the 14th annual Boxing at the Ballroom. It was the first time that former world champion Paulie Ayala did not have his long time manager and great friend Scott Sherman in his corner and life in many years. Mr. Sherman helped guide the career of Ayala along with Ayala’s wife, Leti. Mr. Sherman was also a founding member of the Boxing at the Ballroom along with Ayala’s. The event paid tribute to Mr. Sherman as Ayala gave a heart warming speech to open the show as the time keeper gave a merited “final ten-count” to a great man that will be missed in and outside of boxing.

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