Hooker vs Saucedo

Maurice Hooker Alex Saucedo

Hooker Saucedo

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma

On air @ 3.30am

16

Nov

The WBO World Super-Lightweight Title

Alex Saucedo is back on BoxNation to show why he is one of boxing’s most exciting warmongers when he challenges WBO Super-Lightweight Champion Maurice Hooker on Friday 16th November.

Hooker will be making his first defence of the title he won in June by outpointing Terry Flanagan in Manchester, in a minor upset.

Yet again the Texan is in his rival’s backyard and must overcome a hostile crowd inside Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) used the catchphrase he adopted ahead of the vacant title win against Flanagan warning: “I’m gonna punch him in the mouth.

“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.”

Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) has been a BoxNation regular since he turned professional in November 2011 appearing on various Top Rank undercards.

In the last 12 months he started to deliver the goods and in June, he booked his World Title chance by stopping Leonardo Zappavigna in aan epic Fight of the Year contender.

“I am very excited for this huge opportunity at home,” Saucedo said. "It doesn’t get better than fighting for the title in front of the home crowd. It’s a blessing.

“There’s a big rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma, so I know the Chesapeake Energy Arena is going to be packed. I want that title around my waist and to represent Oklahoma City with pride. Only one world champion has come from my city. I am going to be the second.”

Following a draw in his professional debut, Hooker won 12 consecutive bouts before a hard-fought, eight-round draw against Abel Ramos.

Hooker, 29, was 97-7 as an amateur and turned professional in April 2011, but had to be content with a debut draw against Tyrone Chatman.

He then went on a 12-fight winning streak before another draw, but was soon back to winning ways and quickly climbed the rankings.

In November 2016 he drew with former World Champion Darleys Perez, but three more wins booked the Flanagan clash for the vacant crown and although it was a split decision, the American deserved the win.

Saucedo, 24, moved from Mexico to Oklahoma City when he was seven-years-old, and turned professional, aged 17.

He has a sprinkling of Hollywood in his camp. He is managed by Churchill Management Group, which counts Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg among its investors.

If he beats Hooker, he will become only the second Oklahoma City boxer to win a World Title, after Sean O’Grady won WBA Lightweight crown in 1981, a title he failed to defend.