Hooker Vows: I’ll Punch Saucedo in The Mouth – Mexican Style!

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WBO junior welterweight world champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker has promised to hand down a beating to mandatory challenger Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo, on November 16 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma.

Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) will be making the first defense of the title he captured on June 9, when he traveled to Manchester, England to win a twelve round split decision over undefeated Terry Flanagan in an upset.

Hooker has won three consecutive bouts since fighting to a controversial draw with Darleys Perez in the fall of 2016, as part of the undercard of the first bout between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas.

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In his last fight, Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs), on June 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, he won a world title eliminator by stopping Australian Lenny Zappavigna in the seventh round of a very grueling fight. Saucedo himself was close to being stopped in the fourth.

Hooker is promising to close the show in style.

“On Nov. 16, I’m turning his dream into a nightmare,” Hooker said. 

“He will find out why I am world champion. I don’t care where I fight.  The ring is my home. I’m gonna punch him in the mouth, Mexican style!”

Hooker is co-promoted by Roc Nation Sports and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

“I am over-the- top excited about this great matchup between Maurice Hooker and Alex Saucedo,” said Roc Nation Sports Promoter Dino Duva.

“It has fight of the year written all over it. It’s a top-notch cross-state rivalry and is a very personal grudge match. Saucedo is a very tough kid, but I’m very confident in Maurice. He’s getting better and better with every fight, so I can’t wait to watch ‘Mighty Mo’ bring home the victory again. He will continue his journey to superstardom and prove he’s the best 140-pounder in the world.”




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