Former boxing world champion Damien Hooper was arrested for an alleged robbery. His fate will be determined in an upcoming trial.
Damien Duncan Hooper is an indigenous Australian boxer who started his professional career in 2013. He won the vacant WBC Youth Silver light-heavyweight title in the same year. He defended it once before losing it against Rob Powdrill, which was also his first and only loss.
In 2017, the 30-year-old won the vacant IBF International light heavyweight title and the WBO International light heavyweight title against Umar Salamov, who was undefeated at the time. The pair clashed for 10 rounds with Hooper coming out as the winner.
He defended his title once against fellow Australian rival Renold Quinlan in 2018 where he won via 9th round knockout. That was his last boxing appearance with a total record consisting of 14 wins and 1 loss.
Before starting his professional career, Hooper won the 2010 Olympics in Singapore, where he competed at 75 kg and won the gold medal. Despite his bright career in the squared circle, Hopper is facing some serious problems and it involves his boxing skill.
Damien Hooper is accused of violent robbery in New Farm, Australia. The police claimed that the former champion robbed a person and used violent acts as well. They claimed that the incident dates back to July 2022.
However, his lawyer claimed that they failed to establish an evidence regarded it as a prima facie case. Hooper also did not apply for bail.
Hooper has been charged for robbery, and faces four counts of driving without a license, obstructing police, trespass, two each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted entering a dwelling with intent and breach.
Damien Hooper will stand trial in Brisbane, Australia Brisbane District Court by magistrate Michael Quinn, but the exact date for the trial has not been confirmed yet.
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