Hooker Gets Off Canvas; Retains Title by TKO

Hooker perseveres through adversity to keep his title


WBO champion Maurice Hooker (24-0,16KO) looked to make his first title defense against fellow undefeated fighter Alex Saucedo (28-0,18KO).

From the first round, both fighters looked to be aggressive. Hooker utilizing his jab and 80 inch reach while Saucedo was steady with his pressure and sneaky bodywork.

To open round two Saucedo landed a counter overhand right that floored Hooker. For most of the round, the challenger pressed the action. However, the champion was able to hurt him with a lefthook-straight right combo to finish the round strong.

Going into round four Hooker looks really sharp. His footwork and timing leading to very clean connects with both his jab and looping righthand. He also landed his checkhook at will.

As the middle rounds started playing out, several patterns emerged. Both fighters at medium range didn’t move their heads, and Hooker’s jab and bodywork are carrying the day.

To start round seven, the champion is on fire. He forced a technical knockdown followed by an immediate stoppage with a barrage of lead rights, and lefthooks.

Outside the ring there was equal drama. Both WBO and IBF world welterweight champions Errol Spence and Terrence Crawford were ringside to watch along with WBC junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez. The event was an awesome finish for Hooker who earned $1.2 million on a nationally televised fight!

By: Corey Cunningham

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