Hooker To Defend Title Against LesPierre In March

Dmitry BIvol isn’t the only world champion to defend his world title on an upcoming Matchroom Boxing USA card in March as WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker is also making a title defense on that same card.

At a recent press conference, it was confirmed that both Bivol and Hooker would defend their respective titles on March 9 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. Bivol will defend his WBA light heavyweight title against Joe Smith Jr. while Hooker will defend his title against Mikkel LesPierre.

Hooker will be making his second defense of his world title since he traveled to England and defeated Terry Flanagan in the summer of 2018. Hooker was amicable regarding his thoughts on his new opponent.

“I am ready to fight on March 9. I could fight tonight if I had to,” said Hooker. “I don’t care who I fight or when I fight. I like to fight. He is a good southpaw, he comes to fight and he is slick. It’s going to be a hell of a fight and I wish him and his team luck.”

 LesPierre will be fighting for his first world title and said at that press conference that he is eager to show the world that he truly belongs among the 140-pound elite. LesPierre has never lost a fight as a professional, sporting a 20-0-1 record.

“A lot of you may not know who I am. You may not think I am deserving. But come March 9, I will show you that I deserve to be up there with the top fighters. The fact that I have this opportunity to make this change in my life, I am going to do whatever necessary to win,” said LesPierre. “There is nothing more important in a fighter’s career than to fight for a world title. Now I am ready to get to work and show the world what I am capable of.”

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