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Dallas hasn’t been home to a world champion boxer since Curtis Cokes won the world welterweight title in ’66. But a 27-year-old boxer from South Dallas looks primed to put Dallas back on the map in the sport. Mo Hooker started fighting at 13, competing in 100 amateur bouts before he went professional in 2011. In his pro career he’s undefeated. He’s knocked out his opponent in 16 of 23 bouts. Last June he earned the WBO NABO super lightweight title and in December he was signed with Jay Z-owned sports management company Roc Nations Sports. Keep an eye out for Hooker, who’s sure to compete in a championship fight soon and be on HBO himself.

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