Heavy Hitta’s boxer returns home a champion

Weighed down by trophies and nursing a gym class injury, Kieran “Hitman” Hooks was all smiles at Tuesday night’s Lawncrest Community Association meeting.

He and Heavy Hitta’s Boxing Club coaches Lonnie Haile and Rick Terrell had recently returned from two tournaments where Hooks came out on top.

Despite an injured foot, Hooks became a champion over the weekend in the regional Junior Olympics tournament — fresh off a win at the Golden Gloves Tournament in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

Hooks, Haile, Terrell and the Lawncrest-based club will all be honored June 9 by Philadelphia City Council for their dedication to the community.

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