Hooker Stops Saucedo To Retain WBO Title

Maurice Hooker successfully retained his WBO world title at 140 pounds after initially getting dropped early by Alex Saucedo.

Hooker managed to stave off an early offensive flurry by Saucedo in the first few rounds of their title fight in Oklahoma City. Saucedo knocked Hooker down in the second round thanks to a counter right hook that immediately sent him to the canvas. 

But the champion was able to not only get back up quickly, but also connect with the right with ease pretty much throughout the rest of the night. Hooker was able to stick and move around the ring, preventing Saucedo from getting a chance to set his feet properly and throw as many punches as he usually did. 

When the seventh round came, Hooker’s right hand had hurt Saucedo a couple of times already. Hooker finally got a knockdown of his own when he threw a series of punches that left Saucedo’s legs buckling and the challenger was about to hit the canvas but used the ropes as leverage to keep himself up which meant the referee had to rule it a knockdown. Saucedo does manage to keep himself vertical, but once the fight resumed, Hooker let his hands go and landed a series of punches which forced the referee to stop the fight midway through the seventh round.

This was Hooker’s first world title defense since winning the vacant belt this summer with a decision victory over former lightweight champion Terry Flanagan.

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