By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton made his debut as a promoter in Australia when Hatton Promotions co-promoted a show with Right Cross Entertainment at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday that featured two of Australia’s London Olympic representatives Damien Hooper and Cameron Hammond.
Light heavyweight Damien Hooper showed his class as he took veteran Garth Murray to school connecting with jarring left jabs and heavy right hands that forced the referee to stop the one sided fight in round five. Ricky Hatton was impressed. “His potential is limitless,” said Hatton. “He could be as great as other Aussie heroes such as Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu.”
Hooper’s London Olympic teammate Cameron Hammond raced away to his second professional victory, easily outpointing Kiwi light middleweight Daniel Roy Maxwell by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. “It was a tough six rounds,” the 154 pound Hammond said. “He was a brave bloke. I hit him with some great shots but he took them well.”
Former 2000 and 2004 Olympian Bradley Hore failed in his quest to win the Australian bantamweight title once held by Lionel Rose when he was stopped in round three by current titleholder, Filipino-born Roberto Lerio. The result was a huge shock after southpaw Hore, who represented in Sydney and Athens, boxed brilliantly in the opening two rounds but was dropped three times in round three that forced the stoppage.
Also Irish-born Brisbane based welterweight Paddy Murphy was impressive as he clearly outpointed Alex Ahtong over 10 rounds by scores 100-89, 100-89, 100-89.