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PHOTO MONTAGE OF "MIGHTY MO" HOOKER'S STOPPAGE OF SAUCEDO IN OKLAHOMA


After going across the sea five months ago to capture the WBO Junior Welterweight belt after defeating Terry Flanagan (33-2, 13 KO's) in England, Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker (25-0, 17 KO's) from Dallas, Texas went to the backyard of Alex Saucedo (28-1, 18 KO's) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and defended his title and took it back to Dallas, Texas.

He not only defended his title, but he did it in "Mighty Mo" fashion with a boxing beatdown of Saucedo after a flash knockdown in the second round. In the seventh round, Hooker rocked the Oklahoman against the ropes and he had to take the count, but after the fight was allowed to continue, "Mighty Mo" pummeled him against the ropes until referee Mark Nelson stepped in and stopped the fight at one minute and 36 seconds of the seventh round.

The Dallas Texan "Mighty Mo" told the Oklahomans at the weigh-in that it didn't matter where he fought Saucedo. He said "I don't care where I'm fighting him, I could fight him right here, in his front yard, his back yard, his porch, I'm ok, I am ready to fight."

Bob Arum of Top Rank had hoped Saucedo would win this fight so he could fight Jose Ramirez, the WBC junior welterweight champion and Top Rank fighter. Instead it could possibly set up a showdown between Hooker and Ramirez if negotiations can be made. Hooker is promoted by Roc Nation and Eddie Hearn of DAZN and after the fight, Hearn said I'd love to take him to Dallas, "He's boxed two fights in a row on the road. I'd like to see him have a homecoming. Have a nice defense early in the year, and then next summer we're coming to take Jose Ramirez's belt."