Update On Maurice Hooker’s Future In Boxing
A former champion is looking for a fresh start, whether it be when it comes to matchups and where he associates himself.
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger was the first to report that Hooker (27-1-3) has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions. This comes after a stint with Matchroom Boxing.
Hooker made his professional debut in 2011, fighting Tyrone Chatman to a draw. He ended up beating Eduardo Galindo for the WBO-NABO Light-Welterweight Title in 2015, defending it four times. In 2017 Hooker beat Terry Flanagan for the WBO Light-Welterweight Title. He would lose it to Jose Carlos Ramirez in July 2019. Hooker’s last bout was a TKO win over Uriel Perez in December.
“Mighty Mo” was supposed to face off against Regis Prograis in April but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Looking to be rebooked, Hooker expressed a desire to move up to welterweight. Prograis was unwilling to do so unless there was an increase in pay. The stresses of cutting weight, especially due to the coronavirus, became factors in Hooker’s decision.
As far as who he could face under the PBC banner, Coppinger went on to state that a fight between Josesito Lopez is being looked into. The tentative date for that bout would be on November 21, the night Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia are supposed to clash.