Alex Saucedo has warned Maurice Hooker that he is levels above Terry Flanagan.

Texan Hooker took the vacant WBO Super-Lightweight crown against the Mancunian in an upset points win just five months ago.

He goes into enemy territory again once again this Friday for his first defence when he faces all-action Saucedo, who has hometown advantage at Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, live on BoxNation.

Saucedo has already been involved in a potential Fight of the Year when he stopped Lenny Zappavigna three weeks after Hooker’s World Title win against Flanagan.

I am a different fighter than Terry Flanagan,” warned Saucedo, who has won all 28 fights with 18 of those wins coming early.

“As always, I'm going to give it my all in the ring. I just want to beat him up and become the new WBO Junior-Welterweight Champion of the world.

"Hooker's fight with Flanagan. All I have to say is I'm a different fighter than Flanagan. On Friday, he will see the type of fighter I am," continued the 24-year-old.

Hooker with belt

“He can say what he wants about me getting hit a lot, but I don't have any draws on my record. If you have three draws on your record, that means you're not that hard to hit.

"Maurice Hooker is a Champion for a reason. He's a great fighter with a good reach and power in both of his hands. We have a tough fight on our hands, but we will be ready for anything that he brings to the table."

Saucedo’s promoters Top Rank won the purse bids offering £1.26 million to stage the bout, meaning Hooker will pocket around £950,000 to face his mandatory challenger, as he’s entitled to 75%.

He believes Saucedo may freeze: "This is his first time in a World Title fight, so he's nervous. It's his first big fight at home. A championship. I know he's nervous. I'll tell you this. Don't blink, because I'm coming.”