The WBO World Super-Lightweight Title
Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) attempts to win a World Title at a second weight division against Maurice Hooker in what should be an exciting spectacle for fans.
‘Turbo’ first burst onto the world scene back in July 2015 where he faced then-unbeaten Jose Zepeda for the vacant WBO Lightweight Title. Flanagan won the belt after his opponent suffered a shoulder injury in the second round.
Determined to prove himself after the frustrating circumstances of that win, the 28-year-old faced Diego Magdaleno next. He wasted no time taking it to the American, knocking his man down three times and claiming an emphatic T.K.O victory.
Since then, the Mancunian has defended the belt against Derry Matthews, former World Champion Mzonke Fana, Orlando Cruz and Petr Petrov. When the opportunity to win another World Title at 140 pounds arose, he wasted no time in moving up, admitting that he felt tight at the weight in his last few outings.
Maurice Hooker is a rangy Super-Lightweight with an unbeaten record of 23-0-3 (16 KOs). Standing at 5ft 11, the tall Texan will present a different challenge to Flanagan.
‘Mighty Mo’ faced former World Champion Cristobal Cruz in February of last year, a fight in which he employed fantastic distance and boxing skills to win a wide unanimous decision.
Next up was 18-0 Courtney Jackson, in another display of technical ability, Hooker managed to win every round on two of the judges’ scorecards to set up the World Title bout with Flanagan.
After Terence Crawford’s move up to Welterweight, the division is wide open and Flanagan has the chance to achieve his dream of becoming a two-weight World Champion on April 14th and secure his place as one of the World’s best at Super-Lightweight.