By Jeff Zimmerman
Knockout artist and rising Dallas star light welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (10-0-1, 8KO) will headline Paulie Ayala Productions next show, “Boxing at the Ballroom” on Friday, August 23rd at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Exciting super middleweight Samuel “The Main Even” Clarkson (7-2, 5KO) will fight in the co-main event.
Hooker has been on the fast track after starting his career in 2011 with a draw. He has reeled off 8 knockouts in his 10 wins and continues to impress while doing so. A slender build, ala Tommy “Hitman” Hearns, Hooker also packs a right hand reminiscent of the Kronk Gym legend. Hooker will lace them up against the ever dangerous TBA.
On the other hand, Clarkson, after stringing together 5 wins to kickoff his pro career including 3 by 1st round KO’s, has dropped 2 of his last 3 fights. In his last fight, Clarkson lost a hotly contested, heart break split decision to Jas Phipps, who most recently lost his first fight on a Floyd Mayweather promoted card. Clarkson is scheduled to fight veteran Preston Kenny.
There will be one MMA fight on the card that will showcase John Paul Bonansinga vs Joshua Coronado. Other notable boxers include Bryan Jones, Atlay Miranda and De Anthony Bonner plus female Leticia Price in separate bouts.
Boxing at the Ballroom is going on its 14th year of benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. This one will take on special meaning for the former 2x World Champion, Paulie Ayala. Ayala lost his great friend and former boxing manager Scott Sherman at the age of 79 this past February. Sherman helped guide the career of Ayala along with Ayala’s wife, Leti. Sherman was also a founding member of the Boxing at the Ballroom along with the Ayala’s.
If you are interested in attending this event, please call (817) 834-4711, press 0. There are a variety of table sponsorship options as well as individual tickets all benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Forth Worth.