Maurice Hooker caused an upset when he toppled Terry Flanagan to win the WBO Super-Lightweight Title in June.

He faces a tough test on Friday when he makes his first defence against mandatory challenger, Alex Saucedo, live on BoxNation.

Here are 10 facts you may not know about the 29-year-old Dallas boxer, who has 24 wins and three draws as a professional.

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1. As a youngster, Hooker was often in trouble with cops and when he signed with manager Arnie Verbeek back in 2011 there were 32 outstanding warrants for the boxer's arrest.

2. He is still no stranger to the police and was pulled over for drink driving, just a month after his World Title win against Terry Flanagan.

3. He was a dad to eight kids before the age of 26 when Verbeek persuaded him to have a vasectomy.

4. When he was young his mother and brother had drug problems and aged 12, he witnessed a robbery in the family home.

5. Dallas raised Hooker started boxing aged 12 when his stepdad, who boxed as an amateur, got him interested in the sport.

6. In the unpaid ranks he won 93 of his 100 fights, but competed solely at regional level in Texas.

7. His ring walk usually involves him sucking a lollypop.

8. Hooker is trained by Vince Parra who had a five year professional career and retired with a 6-5 record in 2004, having boxed on club shows in California. They have been together since 2013.

9. His boxing hero is Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns.

10. He reckons he sparred 20 rounds with Saucedo when they trained together every other week for a year, when both were managed by Verbeek, who Saucedo is no longer with.